American author (1924-1964) known for her controversial novel Peyton Place, one of the best-selling works in publishing history; after years of heavy drinking, she died from cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 39. TLS, one page, 7.5 x 10, June 29, 1957. Letter to Ken Browne, in part: "Thank you so very much for your kind letter dated June 15th, and for the generous remarks contained therein. Believe me, kindness is not always the rule in some of the mail we get. I am sure that your first letter to me did not go astray. It is probably here somewhere in the unspeakable mess which is me desk. Unfortunately things pile up, and if something has to wait it seems that it must always be the mail. I would ask you to forgive my delay in replying to you, and also to put up with my lousy typing. As former New Englanders, what in the world are you doing way out in Iowa?" In very good condition, with trimmed edges and irregular light toning. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, as well as several newspaper clippings related to Metalious's decision to leave her husband for disc jockey Thomas Martin.
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