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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/23/1961 - HFSID 285835

JOHN F. KENNEDY The President thanks America's first woman Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Pearl Buck, for his 1961 Authors Guild membership card. Typed Letter Signed: "John Kennedy" as President, 1p, 7x9. The White House, 1961 February 23.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY
The President thanks America's first woman Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Pearl Buck, for his 1961 Authors Guild membership card.
Typed Letter Signed: "John Kennedy" as President, 1p, 7x9. The White House, 1961 February 23. A month after his inauguration, JFK writes to 1932 Pulitzer Prize-winning author and winner of the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature, Pearl Buck. In full: "I wish to thank you and the Guild Staff for sending me the current membership card in the Authors Guild. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. With every good wish." The following year, he invited Mrs. Buck to the White House. The April 29, 1962 White House dinner honoring 49 Nobel Prize winners from the Western Hemisphere was the largest formal gathering hosted by President and Mrs. Kennedy and one of the largest ever given at the Executive Mansion. The stellar array of guests prompted President Kennedy's remark that it was "the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever gathered at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." At the reception following the dinner, JFK sat next to Pearl Buck (photocopy of photograph included). Kennedy took pride in being a member of the Authors Guild. He had written five books and was awarded the 1957 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for Profiles in Courage. Diagonal fold at lower left corner. Light crease at blank right margin. Fine condition.

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