Typed Letter Signed. Stephen LONGSTREET.

Typed Letter Signed.

This prolific American author of fiction and nonfiction wrote the screenplays for "The Jolson Story," "The Greatest Show on Earth" and other films. Item #44422

TLS, 1p, 8½" X 11", Brooklyn, NY, n.y. [postal cancellation 14 March 1940]. Addressed to Harry W. Zollars. Very good. Faint original folds. Chatty letter to an early admirer "about my novel DECADE. I am happy you enjoyed it and am very pleased that you have added it to your collection, I will of course sign your copy -- send it along. I like to sign people's copies of my books. Trader Horn once told me -- 'An author should always sign as many books as he can find. People never lend signed copies....' I think that is good advice. Besides which, being a collector myself -- I know what a signed copy means on the shelve." About his background, he notes: "I am, as you guessed, starting the '30s, was educated here there and lots of places -- and am now working on another novel to be published late fall or early spring -- said book to be called (if not changed) REPLENISH THE EARTH. Its about the Wall Street people who wrecked the Rowlandson Corps -- and of course The Old One will be on deck....." Born Chauncey Weiner or Wiener (he used both), the book "Decade 1929-1939" was his first book published under the pseudonym Stephen Longstreet. "Replenish the Earth" was apparently never published; it was reported in late 1940 that 20th Century-Fox had purchased the film rights to it, though such a movie was never produced. Boldly signed with his usual long 5½" signature in black ink. Curiously, below his signature he types his address and also "c/o P. Haggard" -- Paul Haggard being another of his several nom-de-plumes. With original envelope. An exceptionally early and typically interesting letter.

Price: $75.00

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