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    John Steinbeck Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York, March 18, 1966. Four years after receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, Steinbeck declines an invitation from "Mr. Powers" to attend the Bohemian Grove meeting held in Monte Rio, California. In part:

    "I have your kind letter of 9 March with its tempting invitation to visit the Bohemian Grove this summer. If I had any character, I would accept instantly, but having none I'm afraid I must go the symbolic motions of continuing the long work I am well into. For years I have heard of this place but have never visited it. It makes me sad to have to refuse. . . . I assure you my regrets are very real."

    The private, all-male Bohemian Club had invited Steinbeck to attend its July 1966 encampment held annually at Bohemian Grove. Had the author accepted the invitation, he would have participated a tradition that had lasted since 1872 and had been attended by many very influential men, including business leaders, musicians, artists, government leaders, and authors. This letter is toned with smoothed folds.

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