Lot 657: ALS, one page on a 5.5 x 3.25 postcard, no date but postmarked October 30, 1962, Sag Harbor, New York. Letter to Ms. Pinks' sophomore English class, in full: "I can't tell you how happy your wire of congratulations has made me. Of course if I should get heady, I have only to read Time Magazine to be set back on my heels. This is painful but healthy. But you have been more than kind to me and I'm grateful. I don't know whether I deserve the award but wires like yours make me glad I got it." Addressed on the reverse in Steinbeck's own hand. In fine condition. In spite of his three decades of storytelling, Steinbeck's awarding of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962 was met with general disdain from the literary community, with Time magazine deeming the author a 'flawed talent' and his landmark work The Grapes of Wrath as 'powerful as a tract but limited as fiction, scarcely able to survive its time and place.'
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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