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Martha's Vineyard: 1971. Autographed letter signed to author Max Wilk, thanking him for a helpful suggestion. 1 page, 5" x 8", on "Martha's Vineyard Island" stationery, July 30, 1971. Fine condition. Harburg, the famed American lyricist, worked with many well-known composers and is best known for writing the lyrics to "The Wizard of Oz." "...Your gracious suggestion of a beautiful replacement is an act of Elizabethan gallantry..."
Beverly Hills: 1958. 1 page on "International News Service" letterhead, 11 x 8.5 inches, Beverly Hills, California, April 14, 1958. Written by the influential Hollywood gossip columnist, responding passionately to Mayes's query regarding replacing the national anthem, in part: "...There have been many complaints that our national anthem is difficult to sing and is only for people with fine singing voices. Yes, it is difficult but it really doesn't matter if the anthem isn't sung well, just so we know.....