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Caldwell signed this typed letter on her personalized stationery in 1941, early in her literary career. It's addressed to a Miss Werner and thanks her for a letter that Werner sent her. This letter also mentions her 1942 novel The Strong City and clears up some confusion about several foreign-language words.
Typed letter signed "Taylor Caldwell". 1 page, 7¼x10¼, on Caldwell's personalized stationery. Sept. 25, 1941. Addressed to "Miss Werner". In full: "Dear Miss Werner: Thank you for your nice letter of September 14th. I'm always glad to hear what my readers think of my work. At the present time I am writing a novel of a family of German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in 1880. It will be called THE STRONG CITY. I think it may be of especial interest to you. Anyway, I hope you read it. Thank you again for your letter, Incidentally, a 'yurt' is a black, beehive-shaped tent, in which the Mongols lived. 'Anda' means sworn brother. 'Nayon' is a noble or aris-tocrat. It has the same origin as 'Aryan', which literally means a title of nobility, and has no racial meaning whatsoever, despite ignorant people who know nothing of etymology. Indians used 'Aryan' as a prefix to a name, just as English baronets are called 'Sir.' 'Nokud' means a kind of bodyguard, a Praetorian Guard, such as Roman Emperors used to have. I hope this answers your questions. Sincerely yours,". Caldwell (1900-1985, born Janet Taylor Caldwell in Manchester, England) was an American novelist who specialized in family sagas and historical fiction. Caldwell started her writing career relatively late in life in her adopted home town of Eggertsville, New York, outside Buffalo, New York, after being employed as a court reporter in the New York State Department of Labor and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Her first novel was Dynasty of Death (1938), was the first of several bestsellers written by her. It was a saga about a family of munitions makers that continued in The Eagles Gather (1940) and The Final Hour (1944). Dynasty of Death was written with her second husband Marcus Reback. Caldwell wrote a total of over 40 novels and other books published between 1938 and 1994, most of which were popular dramatic historical novels and many of which were adapted for TV and movies. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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Born: September 7, 1900 in Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 30, 1985 in Greenwich, Connecticut

Film Credits
1976 Captains and the Kings (Writer)

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