THE FICTION EDITOR OF “COLLIER’S” WRITES TO ONE OF MARGARET MITCHELL’S FIRST BOOK REVIEWERS OF THE NEED FOR MITCHELL AND HER HUSBAND TO “PAMPER THEMSELVES FROM TIME TO TIME” KENNETH LITTAUER. TLS: “Kenneth Littauer” as Fiction Editor, 1p, 8½x11. New York City, 1937 July 7. On letterhead of Collier’s to Edwin Granberry, Long Beach, Long Boat Key, Florida. Begins: “Dear Granberry”. In full: “I think Frank Morris told you – in answer to your letter of June 12 – that I was away on sick leave. I got back yesterday and feel pretty spry. I expect to feel even better in a week or two. Your proposal that I join you at Long Beach is extremely tempting. At the moment I cannot accept because business has accumulated and I must clear things away. If there is a chance later on I’ll let you know. However, don’t count on me because what with half of the staff away on vacation, and other things, this is my busiest time of the year. I hope that the Marshes get down to see you because I know that you are good for them. They need to pamper themselves from time to time. Do give them my affectionate regards if and when you see them. All the best to you and Mrs. Granberry. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your thought of me. Sincerely yours”. The Marshes were MARGARET MITCHELL MARSH and her husband, advertising executive JOHN MARSH. Mitchell had married Marsh in 1925, shortly before she began her epic novel, Gone With the Wind, which won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (in May 1937, just two months before this letter) and was made into an award-winning feature film in 1939. EDWIN GRANBERRY (1897-1988), an author and professor at Rollins College, was also a free-lance book reviewer for the New York “Evening Sun”. After receiving an advance copy of Gone With the Wind, he had written one of the first glowing reviews of the book on the day of its publication, June 30, 1… More information available. Please contact us if you have questions. HFSID 55629
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