3 pages, Danbury, Connecticut, June 26, 1973. Written while incarcerated in Federal Prison to noted author Jim Bishop, who had asked Irving to contribute his recollections on the Kennedy assassination for an upcoming article in Ladies Home Journal, in small part: "...I had the impression from a rather nasty article of yours published last year that you pretty much scorned me and my opinions...but I will be glad to contribute my recollections. My son Joshua was due for a polio shot [in Spain]...the Spanish Dr. gave me the news...'Oh by the way I am sorry about your President.' Remembering the Bay of Pigs, I said 'What's he done now?' And he told me J.F.K. was assassinated. I had met JFK in Washington only 8 months earlier while researching a political novel. I had even sat for a minute in his rocking chair in the oval office at the White House. Dallas was enemy country and he knew it...should have known it. But he went there with the bubble-top down. He was really a tragic hero. His tragic flaw - and it's a peculiarly American one - was that he wanted to be loved by everyone, even his enemies..." Much more fine content. Vertical folds; small stains in the left margin; staple holes in the top left corner. Very good(-) condition.
American author best known for using forged handwritten letters to convince his publisher into accepting a fake autobiography of recluse businessman Howard Hughes in the early 1970s. After Hughes denounced him and sued the publisher, Irving confessed the hoax and was subsequently sentenced to Federal Prison for two and a half years. At the time Irving wrote this letter, he was isolated from the prison population at Danbury and placed in solitary confinement, where he was accused of plotting to kill a warden and of attempting to provoke a prison riot.