SAMUEL NATHANIEL BEHRMAN HANDWRITTEN NOTE SIGNED, "S. N. B.", 5.5 X 9.25, on "Hotel St. Regis" stationary, New York, asking for help in buying a Christmas gift, by playwright, screenwriter, biographer, and writer for The New Yorker. In part: "...As it causes me claustrophobia to go into a shop...I do not know what women want. Will you do me a favor (which you are always doing for me) and buy...and present it...from me? Many many thanks and Merry Merry Christmas...." In fine condition, with usual letter folds.
Samuel Nathaniel Behrman (1893-1973) was an American playwright, screenwriter, biographer, and longtime writer for The New Yorker. From the late 1920s through the 1940s, S. N. Behrman was considered one of Broadway's leading authors of "high comedy," was often produced by the famous Theatre Guild, and wrote for such stars as Ina Claire, Katharine Cornell, Jane Cowl, and the acting team of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. In Hollywood, Behrman enjoyed a lucrative second career as a screenwriter. He wrote screenplays for Greta Garbo, including Queen Christina, Conquest, and her final film, Two-Faced Woman. Behrman's columns for The New Yorker included profiles of such notable figures as composer George Gershwin, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, and entertainer Eddie Cantor.