EDNA FERBER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/25/1955 - HFSID 273064
EDNA FERBER. TLS: "Edna Ferber.", 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1955 November 25. On imprinted "730 Park Avenue" letterhead to "Dear Phyllis Krasilovsky
Sale Price $414.00
EDNA FERBER. TLS: "Edna Ferber.", 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1955 November 25. On imprinted "730 Park Avenue" letterhead to "Dear Phyllis Krasilovsky". In full: "How good of you to write me about the Machetanz speaking engagement at Columbia next Tuesday evening. Strangely enough, I had been told of it. A friend of mine teaches at Columbia and knows that I have been interested in Alaska doings. It may be that I can come to the lecture, but I am not at all sure. If I do, I hope to see you and your husband. I suppose the Machetanzes will be taken over by a Columbia group after the talk. Otherwise, I might be able to ask you four to come down to my apartment for a drink and a little talk. I am told that the program is a showing of Alaska scenes and people. I hope this isn't entirely true. Sincerely". At the time of this letter, Ferber was in the process of writing Ice Palace, a book centered around the debate on Alaska's statehood. American author EDNA FERBER (1885-1968), who received the 1925 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for So Big, also wrote Show Boat (1926), Cimarron (1929) and Giant (1952), and she co-authored Dinner at Eight with George S. Kaufman (1932). Artist, author and filmmaker FRED MACHETANZ (1908-2002) first went to Alaska in 1935. He became enchanted with the land, capturing it and its people in oils and returning to the States with material for a children's book. In 1947, he married SARA DUNN, who traveled with her husband, recording the sights and sounds of America's "last Frontier" on film, as well through his paintings and their books. Their works included several children's books and documentary-style films. The Machetanzes usually spent six months annually traveling to gather new material and then lectured for six months in the U.S. In 1954, the year before this letter was written, the Machetanzes had published Where Else But Alaska, an account of their life and travels. The book was illustrated with Fred's lithographs. Sara died in 2001, the year before her husband. The works of noted children's book author PHYLLIS KRASILOVSKY include Benny's Flag, The Christmas Tree That Grew and L.C. is the Greatest. Lightly creased with folds, lower horizontal fold at signature. Two pinhead-sized stains at upper blank margin, light stains at lower right margin, near but not touching signature. Fine condition.
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