Lot #7101
Franklin D. Roosevelt Hand-Corrected Manuscript: 'Looking Forward'

FDR lays out his plan for America in a hand-corrected manuscript for Looking Forward
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FDR lays out his plan for America in a hand-corrected manuscript for Looking Forward

Hand-corrected typed manuscript draft of Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1933 book Looking Forward, 235 pages housed in a black 11.75 x 11.5 binder, featuring Roosevelt's handwritten corrections in ink on 22 pages; the draft also bears numerous pencil corrections in an unknown hand. FDR's lengthiest addition comes at the top of the first page of text, in full: "This is essentially a compilation from many articles written and speeches made prior to March 1, 1933. I have added parts which bind the material together as a whole." Most of his other revisions are minor, often an addition of quotes or a couple of words, or some cross­ outs to passages: for example, on page four, he strikes through one paragraph and changes the word "The" to "My." At the end of the introduction, he also strikes through "The White House," replacing it with "Hyde Park, March 1st 1933"—three days before he would be inaugurated as president of the United States. In overall fine condition.

Roosevelt prepared this manuscript—outlining his progressive vision for America's 'New Deal'—while president-elect in 1933, drawing from various speeches and writings crafted during his candidacy. It was published in the month of his inauguration, March 1933, and quickly became a New York Times bestseller. With chapter headings like "Reappraisal of Values," "Need for Economic Planning," "Reorganization of Government," "Expenditure and Taxation," "The Power Issue," "Banking and Speculation," and "National and International Unity," the soon-to-be president lays out his plans for the country. An important hand-corrected manuscript from the revered head of state. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: The Lawrence Miller Collection
  • Dates: May 14 - May 21