Clarence Darrow Typed Letter, Signed. October 24, 1931

Darrow, Clarence; Spingarn, Arthur

Publication Date: 1931
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Darrow Discusses an Issue Concerning the Publication of His Autobiography Darrow, Clarence [1857-1938]. [Spingarn, Arthur (1878-1971)]. [Typed Letter, Signed, To Spingarn, On His Personal Letterhead, October 24, 1931, With Five-Line Holograph Postscript, Signed "D"]. Single 10-1/2" x 7-1/4" sheet. Some toning, two horizontal fold lines, otherwise fine. $2,500. * Darrow discusses a sensitive issue concerning the placement of The Story of My Life, then in manuscript. He is looking for a publisher and is troubled by the interest shown by his former publisher, Horace Liveright. Darrow wants advice on the best way to push him away. Spingarn was contacted because he assisted Darrow with a related issue. In the previous month he negotiated Darrow's release from a contract with Liveright. (Darrow sought this release because he wasn't happy with the promotional efforts for, or sales of, its edition of Farmington.) The holograph postscript refers to the article "Why the 18th Amendment Cannot Be Repealed," which appeared in the November 1931 issue of Vanity Fair: "I have a story.on what one can and can not do to get rid of prohibition. We can not repeal the 18th Amendment." Spingarn, an attorney, was a civil rights pioneer and president of the NAACP from 1940 to 1965. He helped coordinate the defense team for Dr. Ossian Sweet, which was led by Darrow. See the letter of September 25, 1931 to Spingarn in Darrow, In the Clutches of the Law: Clarence Darrow's Letters, Ed. Randall Tietjen 425. Bookseller Inventory # 62459

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