Lot 656: TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, January 23, 1949. Interesting letter to the Society of Authors in London, in part: "I was about to write a check for the fund for something or other, but decided that I didn't know what it was for, or they were for, and although I am generous to the point of idiocy I do occasionally wonder about these things. For instance there is the Fighting Fund…I do not see where it is spending any money or what for and what it intends to fight. Perhaps something has been sent to me that would explain this and I am just being stupid. Also, there is the Pension Fund. Who gets pensioned and why? If this fund is to provide care for indigent authors, it may or may not be a project of which I should approve. It depends on the authors. Many should be liquidated early in their careers. Few are worth keeping alive to old age; among this group I include myself. But of course one could carry this too far. What is an author after all? Over here I should say an author was a writer who has begun to take himself seriously. In England you are more polite." In fine condition. Signed in full. A humorous yet perceptive letter revealing Chandler's opinion of his colleagues.
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Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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