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MARGARET MITCHELL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/12/1938 - HFSID 55664

Upon returning from a vacation, the author finds her house burglarized. Typed Letter signed: "Margaret", 1p, 7¼x10½. Atlanta, Georgia, 1938 April 12. On personal letterhead to Mabel and Edwin (Granberry). Minor ink correction to typed text.

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MARGARET MITCHELL
Upon returning from a vacation, the author finds her house burglarized.
Typed Letter signed: "Margaret", 1p, 7¼x10½. Atlanta, Georgia, 1938 April 12. On personal letterhead to Mabel and Edwin (Granberry). Minor ink correction to typed text. In full: "I intended to write you a long letter about the rest of our trip, but that letter will have to wait a while because on returning home we discovered that the house had been burglarized in our absence and most of our clothes stolen. As it takes three or four weeks for me to find clothes, have them fitted, I must dash out and begin my wearisome rounds. The burglars got my fur coat and a number of John's things, our old pistol (but left the new one) and our alarm clock, John is busy with detectives and insurance men. We so enjoyed being with you. How mild that statement sounds! It was the highlight of our trip and, to tell the truth, the real reason we went to Florida was to see the Granberrys. We'll never get over how kind you both were about taking us up and down the State. Nor will we ever forget Mabel's whipped up potatoes. John especially is still going on about the potatoes and I expect him to take up the matter with Bessie. Tell Edwin Junior I am sending him the book I promised as soon as I can get to the book store. And I am sending today the stamp catalogue I promised him. Love to you all".  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). Besides their visits to Blowing Rock, the Marshes often vacationed with the Granberrys at their home in Winter Park, Florida. Fine condition.

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