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JOHN MARSH - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/04/1951 - HFSID 55636

John Marsh, husband of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, signed this typed holiday greeting on his personalized stationery to the wife of critic and longtime correspondent Edwin Granberry in 1951, less than two year's after Mitchell's death.

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JOHN MARSH
John Marsh, husband of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, signed this typed holiday greeting on his personalized stationery to the wife of critic and longtime correspondent Edwin Granberry in 1951, less than two year's after Mitchell's death.
Typed letter signed "John". Typed notations at top edge. 1 page, 7¼x9, on Marsh's personalized stationery. Jan. 4, 1951. In full: "Dear Mabel: I did not send out Christmas cards this year but I don't want the season to pass without thanking you for your good wishes. It was like old times hearing from you again and it brought up memories I will always treasure. That Christmas of 1936, one of the remarkable events of my life, is only one of them. With a not-too-good heart and with no fine chauffeur, as Peggy was, I don't travel much but I hope that we will meet again some day. For the present, I can only thank you for your invitation. If you are ever in Atlanta, please let me know. I can't offer you any attraction comparable to Peggy but I would try to make things interesting. I hope things are going well with Edwin and the boys, and with you especially. If you or he should find the time some day to write me about yourselves, it would be very welcome. My best wishes for 1951. Sincerely,". "Edwin" is probably EDWIN GRANBERRY (1897-1988). Granberry, a freelance book reviewer and critic, had reviewed Gone With the Wind in a glowing and unprecedented 1,200-word piece in the New York Evening Sun on June 30, 1936, the day of the book's publication. Mitchell had been so impressed by the report, which compared her book to Tolstoy's War and Peace, that she wrote to thank Granberry. Her letter started a lifelong correspondence and friendship between the two couples: Margaret and John, and Edwin (a Southerner himself) and his wife MABEL. Marsh was the husband of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell from 1925 until her death in 1949. Marsh, a professor of English and philosophy at University of Kentucky-Henderson Community College, played an important role in the writing of Gone With the Wind. After his wife was rendered bedridden after a 1926 accident, Marsh suggested that she write a novel, then continually edited her manuscript and offered key ideas and advice. Interestingly, Marsh had been Mitchell's suitor before she married her first husband, ex-footballer and bootlegger Berrien "Red" Upshaw, in 1924. Her stormy marriage to Upshaw ended in divorce, and she married Marsh, an editor at the Atlanta Journal Sunday Journal, where she worked. He later became director of Georgia Power Company's advertising department. Lightly toned and creased. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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