Small Archive of Correspondence

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Unbound. A small file consisting of four Typed Letters Signed by William Saroyan to his editor and friend Pascal Covici at The Viking Press. The correspondence, all of which takes place in 1947, concern the possibility of a Viking Portable edition of Saroyan's work. The correspondence begins with Saroyan sending off copies of some of his books to Covici to be incorporated into a Viking Portable edition, continues with a letter displaying his impatience with the publication of the volume, comments favorably on a Ludwig Bemelmans book and suggests that Covici send a copy of the book to "Dutch Leonard, the famous retired pitcher of the Boston Red Sox, [...] an ardent Bemelmans reader - one of several most likely - anyhow if you were to send him a copy he'd be very proud." The concluding letter displays his well-known irascibility: "If this is a brush-off and you've changed your mind at Viking about doing a Saroyan Portable say so... I don't like this kind of business. When it happens I'm through forever with the people who engage in it. Take Random House, for example. I don't mind if you don't want to do a Saroyan Portable. Just say so and return the books I sent you." Apparently no Viking Portable edition of Saroyan's work appeared. Age-toning on some of the thin typed leaves, otherwise very good or better.

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Small Archive of Correspondence. William SAROYAN.