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MARGARET MITCHELL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/28/1946 - HFSID 55649

Lengthy letter to her friend Edwin Granberry, discussing her husband's heart attack, and bitterly criticizing Bennett Cerf for claiming she was jealous of Kathleen Winsor (author of Forever Amber)

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MARGARET MITCHELL
Lengthy letter to her friend Edwin Granberry, discussing her husband's heart attack, and bitterly criticizing Bennett Cerf for claiming she was jealous of Kathleen Winsor (author of Forever Amber)
Typed Letter signed: "Margaret", 2 pages (front and verso), 7¼x8. Atlanta, 1946 January 28. To "Dear Mabel and Edwin" [Granberry], in full: "You wouldn't think John and I enjoyed your letter so much from the month-long delay in answering it. However, we read it at at ime when it was most interesting to us - when John was just turning the corner from a near=fatal illness. He hasn't been well for some time, his work at the office and at home has been heavy, some of his best men in the service, et cetera. To brief the matter, we went to Sea Island, Georgia, to spend the Christmas holidays. He had a coronary occlusion and nearly died, and is still in the hospital. He was in the Brunswick, Georgia, hospital for several weeks. Recently I brought him home by ambulance and he is at Piedmont Hospital here. He is doing very well considering everything and looks better and more rested than he has in several years. While I do not think the heart damage is as excessive as a first feared - still, I won't know until he is able to try getting up. That will be within the next month. I am hoping that within several months he will be well enough to move about and perhaps go on short trips. Even if the doctor should permit him and his condition permit him, too, I hope he will not try to work for at least a year. I took him your letter last week and he enjoyed it so much and we talked and talked about what fun we had had on Christmas visits to you. We thought of all the things we'd love to talk to you about and hoped we'd get to see you before another year. Please write and tell us more about the book. It was good to learn that you were near the end of it. We'd almost been afraid to write and ask about Edwin junior because we'd had no news of him in so long. I am so glad that your last news was good. I am inclined to agree with you about the mail to the Pacific being dumped in the water. Edwin, we are shocked that you wrote 'Cerf was a lot of fun.' You are the first one I have ever heard about who thought so. John was ill and we were out of town when he was here. Evidently it hurt his sensitive little feelings that I was not on hand to meet the plane and strew roses in his path, for he got very nasty about me in the Saturday Review and tried to make it appear that I was jealous of Miss Winsor. He put words into my mouth that I never said and attributed motives to me that I never had. John and I were on a business trip in South Georgia when Miss Winsor was here last year, so I did not get to meet her. Mr. Cerf gave the impression that I should have been here and the fact that I was not here was a personal insult to her and to himself. When we get together I'll tell you more. Yes, we have met Norton several times and we are crazy about him. Now, my loves, why did you not write me more about Herschel and Norma? You are the first people who have seen or heard of them in five or six years. Where are they living and what are they doing? Still in Washington? Please write when you can. We love hearing from you and we have missed you. And our regards to the boys." MARGARET MITCHELL MARSH (1900-1949), a native of Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded the 1937 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for Gone With the Wind, her epic novel set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and Reconstruction South. At first uncertain about her book's literary merit, she had submitted her manuscript to Macmillan Company in 1935. Mitchell was stunned -- and thrust into the public spotlight -- when the book sold over 1.3 million copies in its first year. It remained on the best-seller list for 21 weeks, enjoying a resurgence in sales with the release of the 1939 film based on the novel. Edwin Granberry, a freelance book reviewer and critic, had reviewed her book in a glowing and unprecedented 1,200-word piece in the New York "Evening Sun" on June 30, 1936, the day of the book's publication. Mitchell had been so impressed by the report, which compared her book to Tolstoy's War and Peace, that she had written to thank him. Her letter started a lifelong correspondence -- and a friendship between the two couples: Margaret and her husband, John Marsh, and Edwin (a Southerner himself) and his wife, Mabel. Margaret and John first met the Granberrys at Blowing Rock, North Carolina, the summer campus of Florida's Rollins College, where Granberry was a Professor of English. It was during this visit that she had agreed to accept $50,000 in movie rights for her book pending contract negotiations with producer David O. Selznick (against Granberry's advice). Bennett Cerf was a noted publisher, author and TV game panelist (What's My Line?). He wrote a column, "Trade Winds," for the Saturday Review. Kathleen Winsor was a novelist best known for Forever Amber (1944). Like Mitchell's novel, Winsor's features a strong female protagonist in a tumultuous period of history (Restoration England). Winsor's best-seller was more controversial however, being quite ribald for the 1940s. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly toned. Minor ink marks (unknown hand) not effecting signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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