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    Robert Frost Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.25" x 10.25", on a typed letter to him from Marjorie Nicholson on Reader's Digest letterhead, January 6, 1960, no place [Cambridge, Massachusetts]. The original letter to Frost had asked permission to use a quote of his in the magazine for a payment of ten dollars: "A man will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone." In his shaky, old age handwriting, Frost answers on the blank lower portion of the letter, in part: "That's no joke of mine, nor is it my kind of joke. People are getting to flatter me with putting good sayings into my mouth. The best way is to squelch this one..." A red pencil note at the top left shows that the publication obeyed his wishes, "running without cr[edit] line". Original mailing folds, paperclip indentation at the top, else fine.

    Interestingly, an internet search will show that this quote is widely attributed to Frost.

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    March, 2009
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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