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Autograph Letter Signed - Kenneth Roberts

Roberts, Kenneth

Publication Date: 1942
Condition: Collectible-Fine No Binding
From Barry Cassidy Rare Books (Sacramento, CA, U.S.A.)

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Six 5 1/2 x 81/2 page letter, minor rust stains from paper clips, otherwise excellent condition. "Kenneth Robert Kennebunkport Maine" printed at top of first page. Kenneth Roberts (1885-1957) was a journalist for the Saturday Evening Post from 1919-1928, when he left to devote himself to writing historical fiction set in early America. His most popular works were "Northwest Passage", "Oliver Wiswell" and "Lydia Bailey". This letter is written to Malcolm Johnson (1902-1958), an executive vice president at Doubleday, Doran & Co. and then D. Van Nostrand Co., Inc. from 1937-1944. The contents of this letter give the reader a glimpse into Mr. Roberts interests and personality. The style is conversational, with imperfect grammar and slang. Mr. Roberts sends his regrets that he is unable to visit Mr. Johnson, but "Our hay came in somefin's we're worried whether we can harvest it". Mr Roberts also says that he has the first half of the rough draft of "Lydia Bailey" completed, but he adds, "there's got to be editorial work resembling that on Encyc. Britannica, long, tough bastard : don't like nothing ab't it : too damned hard and mean : makes me vomit to look at it, on acc't I swore by Jesus Christ I wouldn't never tackle a long, mean book again, and now this is longer'n meaner'n all of 'em. Just an out and out bastard of a book". "Lydia Bailey" would be published in 1947 and be one of the top ten best selling books of that year. Bookseller Inventory # 016749

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Title: Autograph Letter Signed - Kenneth Roberts

Publication Date: 1942

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Collectible-Fine

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