STEINBECK, JOHN. 1902-1968.
Autograph Letter Signed ("John"), 1 p, legal folio, n.p., n.d. [but 1961], to Annie Laurie Williams, regarding whether or not he will be able to participate in a proposed series based on The Lot from The Sea of Cortez, together with related correspondence from Williams' files, light thumbing to leaf, otherwise fine.
In 1961 Mathias von Brauchitsch, a producer at WQEX in Pittsburgh, approached Steinbeck through his agent with the idea of creating an educational film series based on Steinbeck's work, The Log from the Sea of Cortez. This lot includes a copy of von Brauchitsch's letter to Williams plus his notification from the NETRC of having received funding for the project, Williams' note to Steinbeck and her return note to the producer, in addition to Steinbeck's response. He writes: "I have read through the enclosed prospectus ... with pleasure and enthusiasm. It seems to me to be both valid and professional. All other things in your jurisdiction being agreeable, I would find the project eminently desirable. If he can carry out what he has so succinctly outlined, he may have arrived at a new projection of the mother of teachingthe creation of curiosity...." It does not appear that von Brauchitsch's project ever got off the ground, however.