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JOHN MARSH - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/27/1937 - HFSID 55640

JOHN MARSH John Marsh, husband of author Margaret Mitchell, signed this typed letter on his personalized stationery from the Georgia Power Company to critic and longtime correspondent Edwin Granberry in 1937, less than a year after the publication of Gone With the Wind

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JOHN MARSH
John Marsh, husband of author Margaret Mitchell, signed this typed letter on his personalized stationery from the Georgia Power Company to critic and longtime correspondent Edwin Granberry in 1937, less than a year after the publication of Gone With the Wind. In it, he expresses a wish to accept Granberry's invitation to his home in Florida.
Typed letter signed "John". 1 page, 7¾x10¾, on Marsh's personalized stationery from the George Power Company. May 27, 1937. Addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Granberry, Winter Park, Florida. In full: "Dear Edwin: Enclosed is a copy of a letter [not enclosed] I have written to Dr. Grover. I thought it would be better for me to write him than for Peggy to do it. Your island on the gulf sound very attractive and I hope that Peggy and I can see it before the summer is over. Our very best to Mabel and you, Sincerely yours,". EDWIN GRANBERRY (1897-1988), 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, foxed and creased. Light tear in right edge. Paper clip impression and pinholes in top left corner, with rust stains along left edge. Lightly discolored at bottom edge. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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