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KENNETH LITTAUER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/25/1937 - HFSID 55632

THE FICTION EDITOR OF "COLLIER'S" WRITES TO ONE OF MARGARET MITCHELL'S FIRST BOOK REVIEWERS REGARDING THE SUCCESS OF AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ABOUT MITCHELL IN "COLLIER'S" AND AN UPCOMING VISIT TO THE AUTHOR, WHO WOULD WIN THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION FIVE WEEKS AFTER THIS LETTER

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THE FICTION EDITOR OF "COLLIER'S" WRITES TO ONE OF MARGARET MITCHELL'S FIRST BOOK REVIEWERS REGARDING THE SUCCESS OF AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED ABOUT MITCHELL IN "COLLIER'S" AND AN UPCOMING VISIT TO THE AUTHOR, WHO WOULD WIN THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION FIVE WEEKS AFTER THIS LETTER
 
KENNETH LITTAUER. TLS: "Kenneth Littauer" as Fiction Editor, 1p, 5½x8½. New York City, 1937 March 25. On letterhead of Collier's to Mr. Edwin Granberry, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. Begins: "Dear Granberry". In full: "Many thanks for writing to me. It seems to be an established fact now that the article was a great success. I hope the correspondence is not breaking your back. Just this morning I received a letter from Margaret Mitchell urging me to call on them in Atlanta, so the prospect looks fair. When you think the time is ripe for me to see them won't you let me know? All the best to you and Mrs. Granberry. Sincerely yours". The article to which Littauer refers was likely "The Private Life of Margaret Mitchell", which was published in "Collier's" on March 13, 1937. It was written by Granberry in response to Mitchell's request to have an "official" article written about her to alleviate the growing demands for news about her after the publication of her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Gone With the Wind. KENNETH LITTAUER, who died in 1968, was the fiction editor at "Collier's" and a New York literary agent whose clients included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kurt Vonnegut and James Salter. Littauer was also one of the early sponsors of the Civil Air Patrol. EDWIN GRANBERRY (1897-1988), an author and professor at Rollins College, was also a free-lance book reviewer for the New York "Evening Sun". After receiving an advance copy of Margaret Mitchell's American Civil War epic, Gone With the Wind, he had written one of the first glowing reviews of the book on the day of its publication, June 30, 1936. Granberry and his wife, MABEL, had first met Mitchell and her husband, advertising executive JOHN MARSH, at Blowing Rock, North Carolina, the summer campus of Florida's Rollins College, and they became close friends and frequent correspondents. Mitchell had married Marsh in 1925, shortly before she began her book, which won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (in May 1937, five weeks after this letter) and was made into an award-winning feature film in 1939. Lightly creased with folds, light horizontal crease at the lower portion of the "K" in Kenneth. Staple holes at upper blank margin. Fine condition.

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