MITCHELL, MARGARET. 1900-1949. Typed Letter Signed ("Margaret"), 3 pp, 4to, Atlanta, Georgia, August 12, 1937, to Herschel Brickell,
Lot 213
MITCHELL, MARGARET. 1900-1949.
Typed Letter Signed ("Margaret"), 3 pp, 4to, Atlanta, Georgia, August 12, 1937, to Herschel Brickell,
US$ 3,000 - 4,000
£ 2,400 - 3,100

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12 Jun 2018, 13:00 EDT

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MITCHELL, MARGARET. 1900-1949.
Typed Letter Signed ("Margaret"), 3 pp, 4to, Atlanta, Georgia, August 12, 1937, to Herschel Brickell, on her personal letterhead, with transmittal envelope. Fold creases, soiling to envelope.

MITCHELL SHARES NEWS WITHIN HER CIRCLE OF SOUTHERN WRITERS in this letter to Mississippi native Herschel Brickell. She mentions two other Southern authors, Edwin Granberry, with whom she has recently spent time on the Gulf coast, and Stark Young, who has just published a book. "Edwin had one beautifully furnished cottage to write in. As to how much writing he is doing I cannot say ... Edwin seemed to be quite confident about his novel and his ability to bring it off." She questions the prospect of Granberry completing his novel, saying "It would be impossible to work with the Gulf right outside the window." Later, she mentions that a columnist has taken issue with her not being included in Stark Young's most recent book (presumably A Southern Treasury of Life and Literature, which he edited), saying "Young didn't deliberately ignore me ... I am more than ever convinced that the most sapient remark in the Bible is 'Oh that mine enemy might write a book.' I couldn't wish any worse luck on an enemy than to have him write a book and entangle himself in a mass of misunderstandings." Mitchell also mentions the early progress of developing the movie version of Gone With the Wind, saying "The author of 'Stepping Stones' wrote me today asking that I recommend him for the part of Rhett Butler. This is the height of something or other."

Edwin Granberry earned an O. Henry Memorial Prize with his 1932 short story A Trip to Czardis. Granberry did not publish a new novel between 1930 and 1966, when his prize winning short story was published as a novel of the same title, expanded from the original story. It is possible that he was working on the novelization of A Trip to Czardis at this time, and Mitchell may have been quite prescient in questioning the progress of his writing.
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