JOHN STEINBECK - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/17 - HFSID 287777
Special Sale Price $9,000.00
Remarkable Holiday letter to a friend, reporting that his dog was poisoned and that he himself had shot Santa Claus
Autograph Letter signed: "John Steinbeck", 1 page, 5½x8½. No place, December 17, n.y. To "Dear Ballou", in full: "I had intended to acknowledge your good letter, and then didn't because we were subjected to a maddening tragedy. For it developed that Tillie had been given ground glass. It took her two weeks to die of it and we only knew what it was after she was dead. It made me very said and quite tired. I gave her salt injections every fifteen minutes for almost sixty hours. No chance of knowing who did it of course as I might get a little national publicity for an ax murder. I don't know whether you celebrate Christmas. If you do I hope it's a good one. We shot Santa Clause and are having him for dinner. His skin is pretty good too if the hair doesn't slip. By the way (not by the way at all of course) Mc & O in a letter of the middle of November, said a check would be forthcoming on the first of December. Can it be that this has been lost in the mail. Would you mind asking them whether or not they sent it? These are my Christmas cards. Have you heard of the one C. de Mille sent last year? Beautiful reproductions of da Vinci's Last Supper with the Christus head cut out & the de Mille head stuck in. I've met people who've seen it. Happy New Year. Novelist JOHN STEINBECK (1902-1968), who was noted for his portrayals of hard-working people and social themes, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The works of the famed novelist, include Tortilla Flat (1935), Of Mice and Men (1937), The Grapes of Wrath (1939; Pulitzer Prize, 1940), Cannery Row (© 1937, published in 1945) and East of Eden (1952). In all, Steinbeck wrote 16 novels, 6 non-fiction works, and five collections of short stories. ROBERT O. BALLOU, formerly literary editor for the Chicago Daily News, became a publisher, and helped get Steinbeck's first books published. The firm of McIntosh & Otis was Steinbeck's literary agent. Steinbeck disliked telephones, preferring written correspondence. Multiple mailing folds. Fine condition.
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