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    Clayton Rawson Typed Letter Signed "Clayton Rawson." New York: postmarked May 26, 1948. One page, 8.5" x 11", Mamaroneck, New York; postmarked May 26, 1948. Typed on CLUE magazine letterhead and addressed to Ralph D. Hartman. Rawson writes about the limited success of the magazine and how it may have to be retired after one issue. In part: "I mailed you a copy of what will probably be the first and last issue of CLUE. It's a collector's item now; better hang on to it! It was a test issue aimed at finding out if there were enough mystery fans who would buy it. On the newstands which gave it decent display it sold out, but on most newstands it got buried under stacks of other magazines and the prospective customers passed it by because they didn't know it was there...You must have missed a Merlini story somewhere along the line; there were four of them, not three. The last was NO COFFIN FOR THE CORPSE published by Little Brown about 1942. And it's now out of print...Maybe some day if mystery writers can figure out some way of making rental libraries give the author a cut of their profits I'll write another Merlini, but not until then..." The letter is accompanied by its original transmittal cover.

    Clayton Rawson (1906-1971) was a novelist and amateur magician, who used his knowledge of stage magic to create his fictional detective character The Great Merlini. He also wrote a number of short stories under the pseudonym Stuart Towne. Letter has mail folds and light creasing. Very Good. Usual wear and soiling to the envelope.

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