This curmudgeonly American writer penned the highly-regarded history "The Civil War: A Narrative" (1958-74) as well as novels such as "Shiloh" (1952), but it took Ken Burns' 1990 PBS documentary "The civil War" to catapult him to public fame. Item #44426
TLS, 1p, 6¼" X 6 3/4", Memphis, TN, 4 January 1975. Addressed to Ralph Newman (1912-98, founder of Chicago's noted Abraham Lincoln Book Shop). Near fine. Good content regarding Foote's visit to Chicago, where he addressed to Chicago Civil War Round Table: "Now that the smoke of Christmas and a too Happy New Year's has blown over I want to thank you for looking after me so well last month in Chicago.... I hope the book has sold well enough by now to compensate you and all your people for the trouble of my visit...." Boldly signed with his usual handsome, jet black ink signature. With original envelope. Foote's appearance was surely timed with the release of the third and final volume of his famed Civil War trilogy. Foote letters are scarce -- he was a grudging correspondent -- and rarely surface.