Title: Collection of 11 Holograph and Typed Letters...
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Collectible-Fine
Edna Ferber (1885-1968) was a popular American novelist and playwright. She won the Pulitzer Prize four times. These letters and notes are addressed to Malcolm Johnson (1902-1958), an executive vice president at Doubleday, Doran & Co. and D. Van Nostrand Co., Inc. from 1937-1944 and his wife Mathilde (Tillie). Letter 1 - One 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inch paper, "941 Park Avenue New York, N. Y." printed at top. Typed, dated April 10, 1941. Fold lines, off setting from envelope (included), not affecting text, otherwise excellent condition. In this letter to Mathilde, Ferber expresses regret at not being able to visit due to a previous engagement. She also says, "It makes me happy to learn that you like Saratoga Trunk", which was published in 1941. Signed "Edna" Letter 2 - 7 1/4 x 10 inch paper, fold lines and offsetting, otherwise excellent condition. Typed, no envelope. Dated April 14, no year but able to deduce 1941 from content. Addressed to both Johnsons, this letter thanks them for "the heavenly white azalea". She adds, "I'll tell you when I see you how I happen to be writing a play in collaboration with George (Kaufman) instead of rewriting Saratoga Trunk which is what I want to do. Now." She is probably referring to the play "The Land is Bright". Signed "Edna" Letter 3 - 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inch paper, "Stepney Depot, Easton, Connecticut" printed at top. Typed, no envelope. Dated May 24, 1941. Addressed to Malcolm, Ferber says, "I needn't tell you how eager I am to have your suggestions. You are so right, for example, about Mrs. Bellop", a character in "Saratoga Trunk". Signed "E. F." Letter 4 - 10 1/2 x 6 3/4 paper, folded in half and handwritten on one side in green ink. No envelope. The Surrey Hotel, New York letterhead. Dated June 26, 1941, a short note to Malcolm thanking him for flowers. Postscript "I've decided you don't like the play an awful lot". Signed "Edna" Letter 5 - 11 1/4 x 4 3/4 inch paper, folded in half and handwritten on two sides, no envelope. Minor smudging. The Carlton Hotel, Washington, D. C. letterhead. Dated October 22, 1941. A short note to Mathilde expressing regret at not being able to accept a dinner invitation. Letter 6 - 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inch paper, typed with envelope. Some offsetting, otherwise excellent condition. Dated March 7, 1942 from the Hotel Carlyle in New York. Ferber expresses her sympathy at Malcolm's hospitalization for back pain. "As you know, I am leaving on Monday. Otherwise I would insist on coming to call bearing calves'-foot jelly, red flannel and religious tracts." Signed "Edna" Letter 7 - 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 paper, typed, no envelope. Dated December 25, 1942. Short note thanking the Johnsons for "Simply heavenly yellow roses". Signed "Edna". Letter 8 - 10 3/4 x 7 3/4 paper, folded in half and typed on one side, no envelope. Harkness Pavilion, New York letterhead. Dated January 12, 1943. Harkness Pavilion is a part of Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. Ferber thanks Malcolm and Mathilde for the flowers they sent her in the hospital. "I am feeling really superb and have turned out to be the most uninteresting case in Harkness. With the old gall bladder and appendix out, I expect to start life all over again. " Signed "Edna" Letter 9 - 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inch paper, typed, no envelope. Dated February 11, 1943, congratulating Malcolm and Mathilde on the birth of their son. Signed "Edna". Letter 10 - 8 x 10 inch blue paper, "812 Park Avenue" printed at top. Typed, envelope included. Dated March 26, 1945, to Malcolm, trying to coordinate a lunch date. She also writes, "Yes, the book is selling well and appeared as No. 1 on the Best Seller list yesterday." Her book "Great Son" was published in 1945. Signed "Edna Ferber". Letter 11 - 3 1/2 x 2 note card, hand written, no date. "Well, Ma'am, a triumph such as yours call for red roses even if red isn't a hospital color. Edna.". Bookseller Inventory # 016770
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