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    John Steinbeck Correspondence with Letter Draft. A group of letters and a telegraph concerning membership to the "Organized Bastards of America", all circa January-February 1957. The letters addressed to Steinbeck are from Hodding Carter, the Editor of The Delta Democrat-Times, and Howard O. Hunt. Hunt's letter is accompanied by a check for $0.25 for "O.B.A." membership. There are two typed carbon copy letters from Steinbeck; the first, dated January 18, 1957, is addressed to Hodding Carter and concerns the Organized Bastards of America, while the second, dated January 12, 1957, is addressed to William L. Clarke, Assistant Director (Europe) of the U.S. Information Agency, is in regards to the United States' relations with Europe, China, Russia, as well as the Army's literature collection.

    Finally, there is a Typed Letter Signed from Edward D. Meyers of the U.S. Information Service, dated January 7, 1963, and accompanied by Steinbeck's drafted response. Meyers had written Steinbeck in the hopes of arranging a meeting at the end of May while he was in New York. Steinbeck's drafted response, written in ink and unsigned, reads:

    "Yours of 7th January in hand. It was good to see you in London although in that milling mob and in my condition of dog weariness there could be little more than a greeting. It was a great experience in every detail and like child birth one that should happen to anyone again, even if it could. I note your arrival in New York on May 26th and regret to inform you that we will have moved out to Sag Harbor by that time to settle for the summer. I'm sorry we wont be in town. Right now we are in a fluid state. We're in process of selling this house. In March or thereabouts we will move into a high apartment in Tower East. The house is too much for us now that the children have fledged. I do hope we will be able to see you some where along the line though. Yours"

    Condition: The drafted letter has chipping and small tears at the lower edge, with a small amount of paper loss. Varying degrees of toning, creasing, and soiling throughout. Letters are held together with small staples. Overall very good.

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