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MEEKER, Arthur, Jr. (1902-71)

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American journalist and novelist noted for historical topics; books include "American Beauty" (his first, 1929), "Strange Capers" (1931), "Vestal Virgin" (1934), the bestselling "The Ivory Mischief" (1942), "The Far Away Music" (1945) and "Prairie Avenue" (1949). TLS, 1p, 7" X 10", Wequetonsing, Michigan, 1945 August 10. Addressed to Mr. Roberts. Near fine. Excellent content discussing his first book, reading in part: "About 'American Beauty,' it was published in January, 1929, by Covici, Friede, who also published my second book, 'Strange Capers,' a couple of years later. The firm no longer exists; when it folded up Pat Covici, the president, went to the Viking Press taking his Number One author, John Steinbeck, with him. It seems a long time ago now, but as I remember there was only one edition of 'American Beauty,' but several printings. Something over 4,000 copies were sold in all, which was supposed to be fairly good for a first novel in those days. It was published in England in 1930, I think, by Thornton Butterworth, and until the second world war was still in print there. I did not publish anything before 'American Beauty' except newspaper and magazine articles and an occasional short story or literary review -- but in my childhood I wrote a great many other stories, including three full-length novels (all completed before the age of 19), none of which fortunately ever saw the light of day." Superb biographical content. Bookseller Inventory # 25134

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