LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/19/1970 - HFSID 73574
Sale Price $288.00
LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL
The leading American librarian and author writes to a friend, discussing the death of a mutual friend and updating her on current projects, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: 'Larry" in black ink. 2 pages, 8½x11. Original envelope included. Malibu, California. February 19, 1970. In full: "Dear Connie - Dear Connie - It was thoughtful of you to send me the sad news of Margaret's death. I somehow always believed she was indestructible. It is good that she did not linger. Yes, there should be a proper memorial. I'll write to the new editor of the California Librarian, Don Kunitz at Davis (one of my graduates) and suggest that he round up some tributes. I love her dearly, as you did, & many many others. She was, as you say, an old pro right to the end. Retirement has been good. We have been to Europe every year, which has meant that I have had to drop my old Browning society schedule. I just can't bind myself abroad to anything regular. I am well along on my next book, "California Classics Reread", appearing monthly in Westways the past 2 years. 25 Chapters written, 8 to go. Ritchie will publish the book a year from now, It runs from Dana to Huxley - only authors no longer living. I couldn't risk offending any of my contemporaries by not including them! I hope you are thriving. Please remember me to any of the Browning-ites you may see. Margaret said she was going to leave her Quimper china to Fay. I wonder if she ever put it in her will! Warm remembrances, dear Connie, as ever". Post script: "Ritchie is publishing a $3.00 paperback of the 1958 Malibu book I did with W.W. Robenson. A photo-reprint, but not in color". Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001)was an American librarian, literary critic, bibliographer and author of more than one-hundred books. Powell studied at Occidental College, later earning his doctorate from the University of Burgundy in Dijon and his Certificate of Librarianship from UC Berkley in 1937. He gained his literary reputation as the University Librarian at the UCLA Library and head librarian at the Williams Andrews Clark Memorial Library from 1944 to 1961, after which he was named the first dean of the School of Library Service at UCLA (later the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies). After retiring in 1966, Powell moved to Tucson where he worked as Professor in Residence for nearly two decades at the University of Arizona and played an instrumental role in the growth of their Graduate School of Library Science. A Lawrence Clark Powell Memorial Lectures is held in Tucson annually in his honor, and the Fay and Lawrence Clark Powell Endowment for Southwest Research continues to support Powell's interest in the geography of the southwest United States. His works include Books: West Southwest: Essays on Writers, Their Books, and Their Land (1957), The Southwest of the bookman (1974), An Orange Grove Boyhood: Growing Up in Southern California, 1910-1928 (1988), and Eucalyptus Fair: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel (1992). Normal mailing folds. Top edges frayed and slightly torn. Toned. Corners rounded. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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