This beloved and prolific American illustrator authored almost one hundred children's books, the first being "Pumpkin Moonshine" in 1938. Item #45242
ALS, 2pp (single leaf), 5 3/4" X 7 3/4", Brattleboro, VT, 21 December 1998. Near fine. Sends "profound apologies" to a library group for her tardy reply, commenting angrily about her publisher, Putnam: "To my chagrin these careless people forwarded your letter only two days ago, and I did not receive it until December 20th utterly outrageous! Publishers, other than Little Brown & Co. of Boston, have no conscience, and treat their authors like dirt. They take the large share of ones earnings and expect me to turn out that work like a computer! I am not animal, and I am very sorry this happened. Do forgive me...." Regaining her composure, she closes: "I wish all of you the best of wishes for a good Christmas and a healthy, happy 1999, the last year of this gigantic century." Penned in black ballpoint and boldly signed. Accompanying this is an 8 3/4" X 6½" color copy of a quaint scene within an ornamental oval captioned "glad Christmas cheer," a typically charming Tudor image of a group of children holding hands and encircling a lit Christmas tree. Just below this image at lower right Tudor signs boldly, again in black ballpoint. Near fine. Single light vertical fold. Also present is the original mailing envelope, addressed entirely in Tudor's hand and signed again by her at upper left with return address.