ERNIE PYLE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/08/1941 - HFSID 157609
Sale Price $935.00
ERNIE PYLE. TLS: "Ernie Pyle", 1p, 6x8. Albuquerque, N.M., 1941 April 8. To Miss Downs. In full: "In a separate package, I'm sending you a couple of little presents from your brother Bill, which I brought back with me when I returned from England about a week ago. Bill and I became very good friends, and went around together quite a lot. He likes it quite well over there, although like all of us is occasionally afflicted with a slight touch of homesickness. His work does not put him in any more danger than any of the other eight million people in London, so there is no great cause for you to worry about him. He came to my room at 1 o'clock one morning after seeing his first bad bomb wreckage and victims, and he was very touched by it. I respected him more for having the deep feeling he did, than if he had been hard about it as some of the newspapermen pretend to be. We have found that letters, in both directions, are miserably slow, and a great many of them never get there at all. So don't worry if you don't hear from him regularly. The UP bunch in London is the nicest of any of the press associations over there, and they all like Bill. Best wishes to you." Bill was likely WWII soldier-correspondent WILLIAM DAVID DOWNS, JR., whose coverage included reports on the 82nd "All-American" Airborne Division. We have also found reference to a Bill Downs who was a CBS radio correspondent in London under Edward R. Murrow, but since this letter refers to the United Press International, the Bill Downs mentioned was likely the newspaper correspondent. The columns of journalist ERNIE PYLE (1900-1945) were known for the simple, warm, human writing style evidenced in this letter to the sister of a fellow journalist.He wrote his last column in Europe in September 1944, the year he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his reports from the European battlefront. After traveling to the Pacific to cover the war there, the 44-year-old Pyle was killed by machine gun fire on the island of Ie Shima on April 18, 1945. Before becoming a war correspondent, Pyle had written columns that appeared six times weekly in the Scripps-Howard Newspapers' 24 publications (his columns would eventually appear in over 200 newspapers). He had joined the syndicate as a roving reporter after serving as the managing editor of the Washington "Daily News". Not content with his former desk job, Pyle and his wife, Jerry, spent two years traveling across the U.S. to find stories. After Jerry became increasingly ill, battling depression and substance abuse, Pyle sought out his stories on his own, writing for the syndicate for seven years before he left to become a war correspondent - and win his greatest fame. Lightly creased. ¼-inch tear at upper right edge. Tape remnants at lower left and right blank margins, nicked at edges of tape. Overall, fine condition.
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