MARGARET MITCHELL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/21/1943 - HFSID 55646
MARGARET MITCHELL Letter to Edwin Granberry, filled with references to books and news of other authors Typed Letter signed "Margaret", 1p, 7½x10½. Atlanta, Georgia, 1943 September 21.
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MARGARET MITCHELL Letter to Edwin Granberry, filled with references to books and news of other authors Typed Letter signed "Margaret", 1p, 7½x10½. Atlanta, Georgia, 1943 September 21. To Mabel and Edwin [Granberry, an early reviewer of Gone With the Wind]. In full: "Did either of you send us a lard bucket full of wild honey from Wauchula, Florida, early this month? This present, newly boxed in wood slats with a return address of a post office box only, has been keeping us curious. I've been waiting for a letter from the donor but it didn't come. Finally I wrote, 'Dear Box 261-Sir or Madam.' The letter was returned unclaimed today. We thought perhaps the Granberrys had been to the Key this summer and passed through Wauchula. If you did send us the honey, many thanks. If you didn't----in Heaven's name do you know anyone I could know in Wauchula? We've thought of you so often this summer and hoped you were at Long Boat [Key]---hoped, too, that you had the opportunity to work without interruption. I know you hoped to finish in September but what writer ever finishes when he expects to finish? Just set a deadline and all the fiends in hell come up from the pit ready to perform delaying actions. Do, please, tell us what the publishers think of the finished ---or almost finished manuscript. And is there any chance that it will be published this fall? I hope so, for I am hungry for a book that has nothing to do with the war or post-war plans or mass movements or sociological imports. I've read with pleasure the excellent reviews given Fred Hanna and James Branch Cabell's book but I have not read it yet. It sounds like a fine job and when you see Fred give him my congratulations. I seem to take forever getting well and my progress is very slow. I still can't think about traveling anywhere for some months. My father remains ill and remains in the hospital and our situation in that regard is still what it has been for several years past. We do not know what to expect from one day to the next and this anxiety added to a bad back and no gasoline to get me to the hospital makes life strained at times. I wish there was some chance that you Granberrys could get up this way. There isn't a chance of us getting south this winter, and we have missed our annual visits with you more than we can express. Best to all of you." Typed postscript: "Clifford Dowdey's new book 'Tidewater' has been chosen by the Book League of America for December. Marjorie Rawlings writes me that Norton is in the Middle East or India with the American service ambulance corps. No one has heard a word from Herschel. There have been a few reviews in New York papers on S.A. but that was all." MARGARET "PEGGY" MUNNERLYN 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. 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 GWTW's publication. Mitchell had been so impressed by the review, which compared her book to Tolstoy's War and Peace, that she had written to thank him, beginning a lifelong correspondence -- and a friendship between 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). Mitchell had met HERSCHEL BRICKELL, a literary critic from Ridgefield, Connecticut, at a writers' retreat at Blowing Rock in August 1936. Brickell had also written a publication day review of Gone With the Wind in the "New York Post", calling the book a "striking piece of literature." Mitchell had also written to thank him, and, as with Granberry, continued to correspond with him. Besides their visits to Blowing Rock, the Marshes often vacationed with the Granberrys at their home in Winter Park, Florida. In this letter, Mitchell mentions authors ALFRED "FRED" JACKSON HANNA and Richmond author JAMES BRANCH CABELL (1879-1958), who co-wrote The St. Johns, a history of the St. Johns River in Florida. Cabell helped edit In This Our Life (1941), with the author Ellen Glasgow, which won the 1942 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Hanna later wrote other books on Florida, including Lake Okeechobee: Wellspring of the Everglades (1948) and Florida's Golden Sands. CLIFFORD DOWDEY, who was best known for his books on the Civil War and Reconstruction period, had published his novel, Tidewater, earlier in 1943. Mitchell also makes reference to MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS (1896-1953), the author of The Yearling, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1938. Mitchell and Rawlings, who lived most of her life in Florida and set many of her books there, became correspondents after Mitchell had sent an encouraging letter expressing her belief that Rawlings' book would receive the honor. An extraordinarily personal letter with remarkable literary associations! Lightly creased, diagonal crease near but not touching signature. Lightly soiled, slightly shaded at blank right edge. Upper left blank corner torn off. Otherwise, fine condition.
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