GEORGE MILBURN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/24/1935 - HFSID 283921
GEORGE MILBURN TLS with his handwritten postscript (1935), discussing his literary work in progress Typed Letter signed: "George", 1p. 8½x11. Pineville, Missouri, 1935 January 24.
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TLS with his handwritten postscript (1935), discussing his literary work in progress
Typed Letter signed: "George", 1p. 8½x11. Pineville, Missouri, 1935 January 24. To "Dear Charlie", in full: "Will you please send me as soon as possible two copies of 'Oklahoma Town'? I am enclosing my check for $1 which is the rate we once agreed on. If this isn't right, let me know. I have always regretted that I didn't take several copies with me when I was down there last spring and you offered them to me. How do I stand with you now, anyway? I never did hear from you again after the dictionary and typewriter came last Summer. The typewriter, as I believe I told you, got pretty badly bunged up in transit, but I got it fixed and it's all right now - I'm writing this letter on it. Let me hear from you. We looked for you over last Summer and we hope you can make it one of these days. This place will be at its best along about the time school is out next June. I have been getting a lot of writing done over here and although sales haven't been anything to brag about (most recent one a story to Esquire) there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon - I have just signed a contract for the dramatization and Broadway production of one of my stories (but this isn't for publication just yet, so don't mention it there). I don't know whether I'm going to have a book ready for Spring delivery & Fall publication or not, but I'm trying pretty hard. Vivien joins me in sending best regards to you and Velma. Come see us some time. [His handwritten postscript follows.] Do you want any more of those manuscripts? I might take a few more 'Okla Towns' off your hands if you'd like." Normal mailing fold creases. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by original typed envelope (6½x3½) addressed to Charlie Miles, University Book Exchange, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, postmarked Pineville, Mo, January 24, 1935. Edges soiled and worn. George Milburn (1916-1966) dropped out of college in 1925, drawn to the road and living for a time in Chicago and New Orleans and working at a variety of jobs. In 1929 he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, married soon after, and published The Hobo's Hornbook (1930), a collection of hobo ballads and lore picked up on the road. Soon called "the Hobo Poet," he drew praise from H. L. Mencken and others, and was soon publishing stories in The New Yorker, The Saturday Evening Post and Harper's, Collier's and other magazines. Two volumes of short stories followed: Oklahoma Town (1931) and No More Trumpets (1933). These books contained often unflattering images of the Oklahoma of his youth. His first novel, Catalogue followed in 1936, his last Julie, in 1956. In the 1940s he wrote scripts for films and radio. His stories never reached the Broadway stage, however, as he had hoped in this letter. Milburn was married to Vivien (Custard) from 1929 to 1948. Two items.
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