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Archive of correspondence and manuscript - Highsmith, Patricia - 1990. 
N.p., N.p. 1990 - Small archive of correspondence between Patricia Highsmith and editor James L. Harmon, regarding Highsmith's invited contribution to an anthology published by Simon and Schuster in 2002, edited by Harmon, titled "Take My Advice: Letters to the Next Generation," featuring a number of short essays (all new) by a wide variety of fiction writers, thinkers, and icons with the wisdom they feel compelled to pass on to the those who will navigate the future. Contributors to the book included Ken Kesey, Joe Dallesandro, William S. Burroughs, Lydia Lunch, Spalding Gray, Richard Powers, Quentin Crisp, Bette Davis, Jim Harrison, Martha Gellhorn, Joe-Peter Witkin, Mary McCarthy, Anita O'Day, Bettie Page, and many others. The archive includes four typed letters signed and one typed note signed from Highsmith to Harmon, discussing the essay, as well as the contract (with a signed cover letter) for the short piece from Highsmith's agent, and the corrected manuscript submitted by Highsmith, a six page nonfiction essay titled "The Important Game of Chicken." In her letters, Highsmith speaks with perception and insight about the process, noting an interest in how the inclusions by Mary McCarthy and Bette Davis might read, and expresses admiration for Fay Weldon's contribution (apparently sent to her by Harmon). Clearly the list of contributors sparked the author's interest in participating.Highsmith also offers addresses for potential contributors (apparently requested by Harmon), including Wim Wenders and Peter Handke, and speaks disparagingly of George Bush, Sr.Highsmith's essay, written just after the Berlin Wall came down, muses in some detail on the importance of "playing chicken" in world affairs, and cites numerous examples of how this peaceful (and political) approach has worked well throughout history, as well as examples where pure aggression have repeatedly failed.Highsmith's essay was not included in the anthology, and remains unpublished.All material Very Good to Near Fine. All TLS's include original stamped mailing envelopes, and only the typed essay with corrections is a photocopy, as sent by the author. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
[Bookseller: Royal Books, Inc., ABAA]
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