MARGARET MITCHELL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 55671
Sale Price $4,080.00
Writing to friend and fellow author Edwin Granberry, she complains of the constant invasions of her privacy following publication of Gone With the Wind;
Typed Letter signed: "Margaret", 1 page, 7¼x10½. No place, no date, but undoubtedly written from her home in Atlanta in the late in the late 1930s, before the appearance of the film. On personal letterhead to Edwin and Mabel Granberry in full: "I've been intending to write to you for a long time - but you see how far my wants have gotten me. The reason was that when I went to N. Y. to see about the movie contract, my over strained eyes practically gave up the ghost. Herschel B [Brickell, a friendly literary critic], loaded me on the train in a bad way and since that time (up until a week ago) I've been lying in a dark room with a black bandage over my eyes. No, there's nothing seriously wrong and I'm writing you all to tell you so far already the rumor is out that I've gone blind. I wouldn't like for you to hear that and not know the truth. My eyes just needed a rest and so did I. Now I have new glasses and can see very well. It may be some time before I can do any reading or writing but I'm glad enough at being out of the dark. I lay there in the bed and during those weeks I thought an awful lot about you two and what you did for me and how much I appreciated it. When I look back on it, my visit at Blowing Rock was - and is - the only happy time I've known since the book was published and the avalanche descended upon me. You two were so good - and when I think how Mabel had a sick boy on her hands at the time and was so worried about her father, too, and yet put her own troubles behind her to give me a good time. Why, naturally I consider her an angel. I almost hate to mention Mabel's father. I know how ill he was. I've thought so much about him, wondered how he was and whether or not Mabel had had to make another trip North. Please tell me, will you? I haven't any news to write. Life has been dull but wild. For weeks I couldn't go out of the room and into the light, newspaper articles and reviews etc. had to be read to me. But the phone screamed continuously, and rumors of the most amusing and annoying character spread. In this game you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. If you hide out, peope make up things about you. If you swagger about, they say you're stuck up. ... Perfect strangers phone or call at the front door. They ask my age, my religion, my children and my lack of them, the state of my affections for my husband, the amount of my royalties. It has been pretty terrible but I don't see how it can last much longer. If it does, my good disposition won't last any longer! Edwin, in all our talking you never did get around to why the movies didn't film 'Strangers and Lovers.' And I never told you that it would make a swell film. Why didn't it go through? If you can't write me the answer, please remember to tell me if - and when - I see you again. I have refrained from telling John your story about the man who had his office sawed from under him because I want to have John hear it from your own lips. My love to you both and please let me hear from you"" 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. Although proud of her novel's success, Mitchell soon tired of being in the spotlight, and began refusing interview and autograph requests. John Marsh, Margaret Mitchell's husband from 1925 until her death. Had been a professor of English and philosophy at University of Kentucky-Henderson Community College, and played an important role in the writing of Gone With the Wind., editing her manuscript and offering 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. Strangers and Lovers, praised by Mitchell here, was one of his four novels. Toned. Multiple mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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