MAURICE ZOLOTOW - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/14/1944 - HFSID 31852
Sale Price $252.00
Very funny letter from the author to a columnist: "Your statement about my being extremely wealthy has made life quite interesting for me."
Typed Letter signed: "Maurice", 1 page, 7¼x10½. 15 Washington Place, New York City, 1944 August 15. On personal letterhead to "Dear Louis" [Sobol], in full: "I was surprised & pleased to see the 'guest column' turn into a third person story. Your statement about my being extremely wealthy has made life quite interesting for me. My wife wants to know why I did not get her a Persian lamb knee-length coat and a sable evening jacket last winter. The local storekeepers are now charging me all the traffic will bear. The rental agent insists I can certainly afford to keep at least two months behind in my payments. And the Authors League has taken up a motion to expel me, as it is a well known fact that no free-lance writer has ever been wealthy, let alone extremely. I, alas, am no exception. Sincerely". Maurice Zolotow (1913-1991) was among the first to write realistic Hollywood biographies, including the only biography of Marilyn Monroe published in her lifetime. (No fewer than 23 subsequent chroniclers of Monroe have used references from Zolotow's book.) Other biographies included John Wayne, Billy Wilder, and Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. He wrote shorter profiles of many other celebrities, including Grace Kelly, for Life, Collier's and other journals. His youthful admiration of Harry Houdini inspired his novel The Great Balsamo. Zolotow who wrote the first national review of Duke Ellington, also wrote on food and drink for Playboy, and published a book about his days at the racetrack. Louis Sobol wrote an entertainment column, "New York Cavalcade", for the Hearst newspapers. Normal mailing folds. Surface creases. Lightly toned. Corners slightly worn. Slightly soiled. Ink stamps. Otherwise, fine condition.
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