LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 6/1971 - HFSID 73599
LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL
The renowned American author and library science professor writes to friend in San Francisco, discussing their mutual acquaintance, signs name in blue ink
Autograph letter signed: 'Larry" in blue ink. 5½x3¼ index card. Postmarked June 1971 in Malibu, California. Addressed to Constance Spencer Books of San Francisco, California. In full: "Dear Connie - Yes, am back. Will be at Ritchie's on Wed., so try to get names there by return mail. Glad you mailed Hogan. He never read my Preface. I especially excluded living writers! Also glad yr. judicial friend like my talk. Bravo. Many thanks for your faithful support. Yrs. ever,". 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). Toned. Corners rounded. Light surface creases. Ink postage stamps throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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