MARGARET MITCHELL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/08/1937 - HFSID 55690
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Writing to friend and literary ally Edwin Granberry the year she won the Pulitzer Prize, she declares herself "yearning for battle" against "lawsuits, racketeers and chiselers". The author of Gone With the Wind laments that "there are so few novels about happy married life."
Typed Letter signed: "Margaret", 2 pages (front and verso), 7¼x11. Atlanta, Georgia, 1937 August 8. On personal letterhead to ""Dear Mabel and Edwin", [Granberry], in full: "Yesterday I sent Edwin, Jr. 'Microbe Hunters' and "two Little Confederates' and if they do not arrive shortly, please let me know and I will get behind the book store. I hope he likes them both. I found that John, during my absence, had not been devoting his time to riotous living and making the most of his opportunities. He and my brother had worked every night - and all night - on this and that and both looked tired and frayed. The suit against Billy Rose isn't to open tomorrow due to a delay in drawing up the papers and the suit against the Dutch pirate is also held up due to some complication or other but the opening guns of both should begin in a week or so. I found a stack of mail waiting and, among the letters, some from England and they were about your (Edwin's) article in 'Colliers'. It must have just hit the British public and I expect there will be plenty more on the same subject in the next few weeks. The reaction to the article was the same there as here - the readers like it enormously - and why not? You two will never realize how much this trip meant to me. I didn't realize how much good it had done me till I got home. For the stack of mail did not give me the sinks in the stomach and the prospect of lawsuits, racketeers and chiselers, instead of depressing me, roused my combative instincts and made me yearn for battle. Two weeks ago, I wouldn't have felt that way. You were grand to me - as you have been since I first met you and I can't ever thank you enough. The beach and the isolation and you all were just what I needed and I Never enjoyed a vacation so jmuch. I only wish it were possible for me to do something for you all, one half as nice as you have done for me. Edwin, do let me know how your back behaves. That kind of strain can be so nagging and bothersome. And let me know about Colliers. I was in a twit every time mail time arrived and hated to leave before learning the verdict. I hope you let K. Littauer see that 'Last Night'. I've thought so much about the novel. All the way home on the train, I kept thinking about it. There are so few novels about happy married life - although that isn't exactly your them. But surely it's as gorgeous material as exists and can be made as exciting and moving as adultery. More so, as far as I am concerned for all the books on adultery I've ever red were fearfully dull. Against the background you have planned, it ought to be a honey and I hope you get it in under the deadline. Tell the boys my cook's little granddaughter was mad with excitement about the shells and as soon as I finish this letter I am taking thr remainder up to Father's house to give to little Eugene and Joe. And they'll be equally excited. I decided not to give the shark eggs to little Joe. The temptation to devour them would be more than he could endure. My love to you all and my thanks. John sends his best and says to tell you that you certainly did a good job by me and he appreciates it.". 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 resurgence in sales with the release of the 1939 film based on the novel. JOHN MARSH, her husband from 1925 until her death in 1949, formerly a professor of English and philosophy at University of Kentucky-Henderson Community College, played an important role in the writing of Gone With the Wind editing her manuscript and offered suggestions. Interestingly, Marsh had been Mitchell's suitor before she married her first husband, ex-footballer and bootlegger Berrien "Red" Upshaw, in 1924. Her stormy marriage to Upshaw ended in divorce, and she married Marsh, an editor at the Atlanta Journal Sunday Journal, where she worked. He later became director of Georgia Power Company's advertising department. 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). Granberry was himself a noted author, a winner of the O'Henry Award for best short story. Because of the insatiable demand for news about her, Mitchell had asked Granberry to write an "official" article about her. The article, "The Private Life of Margaret Mitchell" - mentioned in this letter - appeared in "Collier's" on March 13, 1937. The novel he was writing, praised by Mitchell here, was Strangers and Lovers KENNETH LITTAUER, mentioned here by Mitchell, was Collier's fiction editor. Toned. Multiple mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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