ERLE STANLEY GARDNER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/08/1953 - HFSID 174574
Sale Price $360.00
ERLE STANLEY GARDNER. Typed Letter signed: "Erle", 2p, 8½x11. Temecula, California, 1953 December 8. On his personal pictorial letterhead to Kenneth S. White, Authors' Representative, New York, N.Y. In full: "For some time I have been in touch with Jack Jackson, a very interesting character, an electronic expert, and a man with some highly original ideas. Jackson has been experimenting for a while with the idea of writing a different type of travel stuff, and I think he is really going somewhere. He is a photographer of considerable ability and this summer took a vacation, taking along a camera and getting some of the most interesting 2-¼x2¼ colored films I have seen in a long time. He wrote the enclosed text to go with it. I am just back from Chicago where I saw him, and he asked me to read the enclosed and see what I thought about it. I'd like to pass this on to you for your opinion. I think it is highly interesting and distinctly novel and I think there should be an opportunity to market it either with or without the pictures. (The pictures are very high-class, up to the very best professional standards in color photography.) Too many of our travel articles deal with destinations. In other words, a person is going to the south, so he starts writing about New Orleans. Too few of our travel articles deal with getting there and returning, and almost never do we find a travel article where the author notices the people along the way. It is my hunch that there is a big demand for articles of this sort because this is the kind of trip the average person can take. It gives the reader a good between-the-lines course in how to travel. If Holiday would start featuring this guy and have him and his wife travel regularly around the country in short trips that would be available to the average reader, I think it would be a big thing for the magazine. They might agree with me and they might not. I'd like to have you give this stuff a once-over and see what you think about it. I think you could do Jack Jackson some good and I think he needs an agent just about like you who knows the ropes and isn't afraid of an original approach to a problem. I'm just this minute back from Chicago and rushed to death. Lots of the best. Yours." Accompanied by an unsigned, typed letter of reply from Kenneth White, dated 1953 December 14, agreeing with Gardner's positive appraisal of this writer but regretfully declining to represent him. Best known for creating Perry Mason, the lawyer-detective, who appears in more than 80 of his novels, Gardner (1889-1970) also wrote a series of novels featuring District Attorney Doug Selby and 29 books featuring detective Bertha Cool and legalist Donald Lam (under the pseudonym A.A. Fair). The prolific author, whose books have sold hundreds of millions of copies, also wrote Western novels, science fiction, short stories and articles. Gardner was also creator of the Perry Mason TV series (1957-1966), appearing in one episode as a judge. Lightly creased in blank upper margin. Staple holes in upper left. Otherwise, fine condition.
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