Item #71553 TWO TYPED LETTERS, SIGNED; written just prior to publication of TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book that brought him recognition. James A. Michener.
Michener, James A.

TWO TYPED LETTERS, SIGNED; written just prior to publication of TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book that brought him recognition.

1946-1947. Two typed letters on Macmillan letterhead SIGNED BY MICHENER. After the war, and while awaiting Macmillan's publication of TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC, Michener took a job with the publishing house. As Associate editor of Macmillan's Educational Department, he suggested Mrs. Ella-Frances Barker as one of the authors in a proposed series of geography books for children. The first letter, dated December 30, 1946, is warm and chatty, signed "Jim Michener" and proposes a meeting between Professor and Mrs. Barker and Michener's managing editor, Philip Knowlton. The second letter, dated April 16, 1947, is written after receipt of the manuscript. Diplomatic and decidedly business-like (with not-so-subtle hints that the manuscript is not exactly up to par) it is signed "James A. Michener." Both letters are typed on Macmillan letterhead; the first, which is was sent via air mail, is on a single sheet of onionskin; the second is two pages on regular typewriter paper. The first has a very light stain at the head of the page, and light creasing where previously folded into sixths, but is otherwise very good and includes the original mailing envelope. The second letter is a little darkened and lightly creased along the edge of the first page, but is otherwise fine.
Item #71553

Price: $750.00

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