"WRITING BOOKS AND MAKING SPEECHES ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT AFFAIRS": SIGNED BY MARGARET MITCHELL
MITCHELL, Margaret. Typed letter signed. No place, September 4, 1936. One leaf, 7-1/2 by 9 inches, typing on the recto only; handsomely framed with portrait, entire piece measures 14 by 18-1/2 inches. $525.
Typed letter signed by Margaret Mitchell, denying the possibility of her going on a lecture tour, written the year Gone With the Wind was published.
The typed letter, on Mitchell's letterhead, reads in its entirety: "September 5, 1936. Dear Mrs. Simpson: Thank you for your letter and your interest. No, I am not contemplating any lecture tour. In fact, I have turned down many invitations to speak. I do not intend ever to make any speeches, for I realize that writing books and making speeches are two very different affairs. Sincerely, [signed] Margaret Mitchell." Gone With the Wind had been published less than four months earlier; by September, it had already been reprinted ten times.
Faint evidence of paper clip to top left corner. Fine condition.