Si hay algo que me enternece de Monty Clift, es su etapa de niño. Caracterizada por el desarraigo que vivió y su estrafalaria infancia y al mismo tiempo por las vivencias extraordinarias que tuvo en Europa que le proporcionaron una amplísima cultura.
En Internet se subasta esta novela, The Golden Age de Kenneth Grahame (el autor de El viento en los sauces), que parece ser que leyó Monty de niño en el verano de 1929 (tenía 8 años) según la anotación a lápiz que lleva en el interior. Fue a parar a lacasa de Libby Holman donde parece que se ha encontrado:
"E. Montgomery Clift
Le Touquet Paris - Plaza
Éste es el texto que acompaña a la subasta:
This is a 7-1/2" X 5" hardcover book The Golden Age by Kenneth Grahame published in London in 1925. The first page is signed in pencil script "E. Montgomery Clift Le Touquet Paris-Plaza July 1929". It is known that (Edward)Montgomery Clift spent a good deal of his childhood in Europe and he would have been 8 years old in July 1929. I believe Le Touquet was a resort. This book was given to a relative of mine many years ago while he was staying at the former mansion estate of Libby Holman in Connecticut and came from the large library there. Libby Holman was a very successful entertainer of the 1930s who worked with Monty on the New York stage and was a close personal friend to him. I cannot verify if the signature is Monty's or a family member. I have researched Clift's signature and it appears to have changed over the years(especially after his auto accident) and he signed documents with varying degree of neatness. The book does have an interesting provenance and anyone with more information contacting me would be welcome. The book and signature itself are in very nice complete 6.0 Fine condition. The signature is clear and not faded and the page is undamaged with only some light tanning as a defect. Although I can make no definitive claims as to it's authenticity, this is possibly a rare early signature of a brilliant and iconic American actor.