Written to Elga Lippman Duval, a New York writer & painter. Several are very lengthy running to many single spaced pages each, and are rich in detail of his work, his depressions, his opinions of current literature; some are full of emotional outbursts regarding his ardent feeling for his correspondent. Also included are 2 manuscripts, 5 poems, etc. 4to & 8vo, 1951-1970.
The correspndence begins with his first letter to her (20 Feb. 1951) answering a question she had written to him concerning one of his poems. The future novelist was 25 years old and had not published his first book ("Go", 1952). He is shortly inviting her to call him "Johnnie" and speculating about what she looks like, why she is continuing the correspondence, etc. In later years (1969) when both of them have married others, but their friendship continues, he writes to her "...your remarkable elan is one of my educative memories...." One of the more sexually explicit letters was sealed by the recipient and labelled "not to be opened until after his death."
Condition: Very Good(+)