North Brooklin, Maine: 1976.
Exceptional content typed letter signed "Katherine" in pencil and with several corrections and a handwritten closing paragraph also in pencil. Written long after she retired, the letter refers in depth to a labor dispute at The New Yorker Magazine and the up-coming vote to unionize. 3 pages, 4to, November 19, 1976, marked "Personal and Private letter," North Brooklin, Maine, to her long-time friend at the New Yorker, Ruth Rogin, in small part: "...My idea of democracy, like yours, includes the right to unionize where it is to the advantage of the staff, but I don't believe it suits THE NEW YORKER...I hope the office agony of taking a vote will soon be over for everyone. As both a stockholder and a former editor, I feel strongly that fair pay to all should come before dividends. Yet I feel just as strongly that unionization in our kind of organization will militate against good pay and generosity to the staff from bottom to top...Few magazines have been so generous as The New Yorker...After unionization...the editors will have no say on pay raises..." Much more great content; she mentions Roger Angell, Saul Steinberg, Bill Shawn, and includes an amusing anecdote about the notorious "tight wad" tendencies of 'dear Hawley Truax'." A rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most important magazines of the 20th century. Original remittal envelope included. Staple hole on upper left corners. Very good condition.
First and longtime editor at the New Yorker Magazine (1925 - 1960), wife of author and fellow editor at the New Yorker E.B. White.