Lot 655: TLS signed "Margaret Marsh," two pages, 7.25 x 10.5, personal letterhead, April 8, 1948. Letter to Myron Quimby, an aspiring writer. In part: "I think you must have a versatile mind to be studying electronics and molecules—and writing ghost stories! It's rare for the scientific mind to be interested in creative writing, and vice versa…I cannot read your manuscript and tell you whether it is good, bad or indifferent…the critical and evaluative faculty is something very different from the ability to write…The best I would be able to do would be to say how I would write it, and that is not helpful to an author…During the last six weeks we have thought so often of the boys we know who went through the war and are now trying to establish themselves in civilian life. How much we hope they will not be called upon again. In the last war we had a couple of cousins in the service and thought ourselves fortunate indeed that they came home unscratched. If there should be a war within the next few years, all of our nephews would be of the right age for army service. So we read the papers with more than usual soberness and prayerfulness." Mitchell makes a few handwritten corrections throughout the text. In fine condition, with trivial foxing to a couple areas. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mitchell's reflection on World War II was probably spurred by the increasing unrest in Korea, where thousands upon thousands of protesters had been killed in the Jeju Uprising on April 3. During World War II, Mitchell volunteered for the American Red Cross and devoted much of her time to writing encouraging letters to men in uniform overseas. A letter with a great historical association and exceptional content on the craft of writing.
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