LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/21/1982 - HFSID 73593
LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL
The leading American librarian and author informs friend that some of his older books are being reprinted, and one has been optioned for a movie, signs name in blue ink
Autograph letter signed: 'Larry" in blue ink. 2 pages, 5½x8½. Written on University of Arizona letterhead. Original envelope included. Tucson, Arizona. September 21, 1982. In full: "Dear Connie - Many thanks for the Knoff & Angelo copies. AAK is due here again in Feb. He has come each winter for many years & we have fond reunions. I hear him interviews by NPR on his 90th & he sounded good. Several of my books are coming back in print this fall and winter: Calif. Classics (Capra), SW Booktrails (Gannon, Santa Fe, SW Classics (U. of AZ Press). This last is the paperback remainder of the Ritchie edition - 1750 copies they are giving a new t.p. & cover. Blue Train has been optioned again for a film. Keep in touch! Fondly from Fay". 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. Slightly toned. Corners rounded. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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