Typed Letter Signed with fine literary content
Place Published: New York
Date Published: 1961
Description: 1 page, 10.5 x 8.25 inches, written on April 11, 1961, during her New York City residency to Civil Rights and Constitutional law attorney Howard Meyer, critiquing an article in which Meyer could not find a publisher [criticizing the glorification of the Confederacy], in part: "...I am, to say the least, deeply impressed. Above all, that scholars are still able to decipher what has been done to parts of American history to come to likely conclusions at all! I had begun to fear that the causes and betrayal of the Civil War were lost almost forever...I cannot imagine who will publish an editorialized point of view - unless, of course, it is from the other viewpoint. I don't think you have licked the problem in your presentation. You give the readers the impression that there is something wrong with them for thinking as they do...I don't think any editor will chance that since his inclination will be that controversy must go only in popular directions. I think then that it might be well to write your article again in a more tempered spirit; from the point of view that what must be achieved is its publication. In the present situation they would not be in the least impressed if I sent it to them. Despite its excellence, it reads as but another tract on the Negro and, if anything, I am merely suspect as a propagandist already." Fraying at the right-hand and bottom margins with the loss of several letters in the signing of her name "Lorraine."
Comments: African-American playwright best known for her play "A Raisin in the Sun." She died at age 34.Signed: Y
Book ID: 246071