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LUCIUS MORRIS BEEBE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/04/1944 - HFSID 31812

Author and cultural critic Lucius Morris Beebe signed this letter, typed on New York Herald-Tribune stationery, to columnist Louis Sobol in 1938. In it, he refuted a claim by gossip columnist Walter Winchell that he was leaving the Herald-Tribune.

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LUCIUS MORRIS BEEBE
Author and cultural critic Lucius Morris Beebe signed this letter, typed on New York Herald-Tribune stationery, to columnist Louis Sobol in 1938. In it, he refuted a claim by gossip columnist Walter Winchell that he was leaving the Herald-Tribune.
Typed letter signed "Lucius Beebe" in lead pencil.Lead pencil notations and corrections in unknown hand. 3 pages, 5½8¼, single-sided, on stationery of the New York Herald-Tribune. Editorial Rooms, Jan. 4, 194, date stamped Jan. 5, 1945 in blue ink. In full: "Dear Louis, I missed the printed item you men-tioned last night in the theatre, but assure you its content, as hastily summarized by you, is quite inaccurate and probably maliciously angled. The paragrapher you mentioned has at various times in recent years had me inheriting a million dollars (which I was unhappily unable to discover for myself) dying of an overdose of morphine, self took, in Doctor's Hospital (the closest parallel circumstance I could discover was at the time mentioned I may have been near-ly in a coma from an overdose, self took, of Gordon's gin in the Garden of Allah in Hollywood with Bob Benchley) and flying as a cadet in the Royal Air Force (a circumstance which, due to being forty-two at the time and terrified of flying machines as of nothing on or off the earth, seemed improbable.) I really think Mr.Winchell believes I alter the course of my life just to discredit him, but he has never yet printed an item con-cerning me by name or by suggestion which has approximated the any essential fact. I have arranged for sixth months leave from the office beginning in a fortnight, for the first time I have been away from my desk for more than two weeks in sixteen years, for the purpose of taking pictures for the fourth of my series of railroad books. I prefer to take my own photographs for various editorial reas-ons and can'T [sic] do it, counting all such impon-derables as weather and wartime transport, in short takes of being away for ten days or a fortnight. I am not leaving this staff, am not taking a job with anybody else, and am maintain-ing a desk and business office where I have been since 1929, at 230 West 41st Street. This is the record and believe my em-ployers are formally engrossing it in the im-perishable pages of Editori and Publisher in order that there can be no misunderstanding of it. I'll have one for you at the Golden Pheasant in Dallas in a couple of weeks. On second thought it will have to be in my apart-ment at the Adolphus as Texas is a bottle state. Regards,". "Louis"is possibly New York journalist LOUIS SOBOL (1896-1986), who wrote a gossip-oriented entertainment column for 40 years, initially focused on the Broadway stage but also covering film and TV personalities for the New York Journal American. His books include The Longest Street, a Broadway memoir and Along the Broadway Beat. WALTER WINCHELL (1897-1972) was known as the "father of the newspaper gossip column", which he pioneered in the 1920s, and was a familiar voice on radio from 1929 through the mid-1950s, punctuating his staccato delivery with the sound of teletype keys. Winchell later narrated the television series The Untouchables (1959-1963). LUCIUS MORRIS BEEBE (1902-1966) was a newspaper columnist, author, editor and publisher, not to mention a gourmand and a bon vivant who cracked life's bones and sucked out the sweet marrow. Beebe had an aristocratic upbringing but was a wild child; he got thrown out of both Harvard and Yale, not a bad feat. He became a journalist after college, working briefly as a with the Boston Telegraph and later with the New York Herald-Tribune (1929-1950). He also contributed to magazines like Gourmet, The New Yorker, Town and Country, Holiday, American Heritage and Playboy. A cultural critic, Beebe was a sophisticated gentleman who transported his readers into a world of elegance and extravagance and who never used a ten-cent word if he could use a five-dollar one. From 1952 to 1960, he and longtime companion Charles Clegg were owners of the Virginia City News in Virginia City, Nevada, which they renamed the Territorial Enterprise and Virginia City News and built into one of the premiere weeklies in the U. S. They moved to San Francisco in 1960, when Virginia City started to get too touristy. Beebe wrote a column there at the San Francisco Chronicle until the year of his death. Beebe was also a noted gourmand, with a regular column in Gourmet, and was fascinated with railroad travel; he owned two opulently furnished private railroad cars, the Gold Coast and the Virginia City, which still exist today. Lightly toned and creased. Left edges are lightly discolored. Staple holes in top left corner. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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