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Writer who inspired young Ronald Reagan
Autograph Letter signed: "Harold Bell Wright", 1p, 5¾x9¼. Palm Springs, California, 1941 May 19. In full: "Thank you for your good letter. It is heartening to receive a ltter from one of your spirit and understanding. We came to Palm Springs last Dec. to "hide out' while I finished a book. The scene of the work is not here but in the Redwood forest in northern Calif. The flu-pneumonia put me down good and hard, the day before Christmas. I haven't done much on the book since. Don't know now when I will finish it. I am better, but getting well is slow work. We go home to our little farm near Escondido, Calf. June 1st. Thanking you for your letter I am Sincerely yours." Harold Bell Wright (1872-1944) was a largely self-educated novelist who became the first American writer to earn over $1 million from his books alone. His most popular books, The Shepherd of the Hills (1907) and The Winning of Barbara Worth (1911), were among seven of his novels turned into films. Previously a minister, Wright attacked established churches in his books but promoted what he called "clean living." In a letter from the White House to Wright's daughter in law in 1984, President Reagan stated that as a youth he asked to be baptized after reading a published collection of Wright's sermons. Wright was also an early advocate of channeling the Colorado River to irrigate California's then desert-like Imperial Valley. Lightly creased. Irregularly trimmed at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: May 4, 1872 in Rome, New York
Died: May 24, 1944 in La Jolla, California

Film Credits
1964 The Shepherd of the Hills (Writer), 1960 The Shepherd of the Hills (Writer), 1949 Massacre River (Writer), 1941 The Shepherd of the Hills (Writer), 1937 Western Gold (Writer), 1937 The Californian (Writer), 1937 Secret Valley (Writer), 1937 It Happened Out West (Writer), 1936 Wild Brian Kent (Writer), 1936 The Mine with the Iron Door (Writer), 1935 When a Man's a Man (Writer), 1935 The Calling of Dan Matthews (Writer), 1930 The Eyes of the World (Writer), 1928 The Shepherd of the Hills (Writer), 1926 The Winning of Barbara Worth (Writer), 1925 The Re-Creation of Brian Kent (Writer), 1925 A Son of His Father (Writer), 1924 When a Man's a Man (Writer), 1924 The Mine with the Iron Door (Writer), 1919 The Shepherd of the Hills (Director), 1919 The Shepherd of the Hills (Writer), 1917 The Eyes of the World (Writer), 1917 The Eyes of the World (Director)

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