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    Terrific Autograph Letter Signed by Author John Steinbeck An American novelist, John Steinbeck (1902-1968) first gained notice with Tortilla Flat, which portrayed the lives of Spanish-Californian peasants. His Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath, is a depiction of dignity in the face of adversity. His Of Mice and Men won the Nobel Prize, and he also wrote East Of Eden, Cannery Row, and The Pearl. Autograph letter signed, one page, 8 1/2" x 13", envelope dated August 1, 1950. The letter is written on yellow legal paper and reads in full: "Dear Bill Enclosed is the thing I would like to have on the picture. It is from the end of Forests. And it is I believe what I think -- and it would be a good thing to put on the picture. Don't you? Thanks for sending the rest so soon. We are going back to the country now. Love to you both, John, You can put it on the painting just this way." The letter is in pencil and includes the envelope, which is dated August 1, 1950. Forests became Burning Bright, from the Blake poem. It was originally Forests of the Night. The "thing" that he refers to was a piece of manuscript that was attached to the painting. Bill Beecher is known for the realism of his paintings, so Steinbeck thought it would be amusing to include something three-dimensional, which is why he wrote "on" instead of "in" the painting. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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