To: All Friends of the Hickses

HICKS, Granville

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This American literary critic, author and novelist (1901-82) gained fame as spokesman for the American proletarian literary movement of the 1930s, which made him one of the best-known Communists of his generation; he authored "The Great Tradition: An Interpretation of American Literature since the Civil War" (1933), co-authored "John Reed: The Making of a Revolutionary" (1936) and became editor of the influential "The New Masses" in 1934. Printed handbill, 2pp (recto and verso), 8" X 14", n.p., n.y. [1956]. Near fine. Original horizontal mailing folds. You know those annoying mimeographed Christmas missives that pose as Christmas cards, boastfully reciting trips taken, family events and other "news" involving friends and relatives only half of whom you've ever heard of? Well, this is one of those, as privately issued by this noted critic for limited distribution to friends and families. It's simply a typed, single spaced, two-sided affair mimeographed on a single sheet, unsigned. Unlike those you receive from your Aunt Ruth or Cousin Earl, Granville Hicks's end-of-year update includes mention of the many literary figures in whose circles he circulated: Malcolm Cowley, Harvey Swados, Wright Morris, Newton Arvin, Daniel Aaron, etc. Hicks's activities, too, tend to be less mundane than most: For instance, "THE LITERARY PROJECT of the year has been the editing of a symposium. Contributors: Wright Morris, Herbert Gold, Saul Bellow, Harvey Swados, Mark Harris, Jessamyn West, Ralph Ellison. to say things that need saying about the serious novel, its present predicament and possibilities." ("The Living Novel: A Symposium" appeared in 1957.) He opens, though, with the death of his mother; discusses his seminar on novel writing at the New School; short trips ("We had a night in Sherman with the Cowleys"); the comings and goings of many literary guests; the death of their old Jeep and arrival of "a brand new jeep station wagon, which we treat with a tenderness the jeep would have scorned." Quite interesting, amusing and unusual literary artifact. Bookseller Inventory # 28275

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