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A collection 10 intimate TYPED LETTERS SIGNED by the JAMAICAN-AMERICAN AUTHOR ALSTON ANDERSON to the author & screenwriter RUDY WURLITZER, together with 2 Typed Letters to Alston Signed by Wurlitzer.
New York & Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, November 1962 to November 17th, 1965. [1962]. [1962]. - - Ten letters by the Jamaican-American author of "Lover Man" densely typed on 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide creamy buff paper. Addressed to the author of "Nog", Rudy Wurlitzer, each letter is signed "Alston". In a November 1962 letter, typed on both sides of the sheet, Alston dives right in, letting loose his "wild" side which one can at once consider a gift or a plague. "I saw Miles [Miles Davis] last night, but I was so drunk that I got thrown out of the place. (Village Vanguard.) What I heard sounded great. I'll probably go again tonight and take Ruth." Perhaps not surprising considering the cause of his fallout with Robert Graves, without qualms Alston reveals his feelings for Rudy's sister: "I had lunch with your sister yesterday, and tried to make her. No luck. I really didn't like her much in Deya [ie: Deia, Mallorca], but now I love her. She admitted that it's a pity that you're her brother. If you weren't, she'd marry you. And I wouldn't blame her. If I was a woman, I'D marry you." As is the case throughout his letters, Alston philosophizes about writing: "Read the Tibetans, baby, read the Tibetans. The only problem you'll have is that you'll come to realize that there's really nothing worth writing about." Briefly falling back into explicit descriptions of his lusty feelings, Alston closes with "Bye bye, blackbird". In a 1-1/4 page letter dated December 21st, 1962 typed on both sides of a sheet of paper, Alston first elatedly mentions that he's "been writing. I'm working on a story called 'Diary of a Madman'. Yesterday I threw out something called 'A Good Edjucation', but I may try it again soon." He quotes a couple of paragraphs from his story whose black protagonist resides in an Asylum: "I have a suggestion to make to the President of the United States." he quotes his character, "The next time, sir, that you hear of a Negro trying to enter a Southern (white) University, will you kindly order him to the White House immediately." The madman (Alston's satirical voice) goes on to suggest that the president offer to build him, in the North, the greatest University one could possibly visualize staffed by "the brightest, whitest professors from the United States, France, England and Germany." Not only would the government save a fortune on troop expenditure but "It would also spare a town like Columbia, S.C., or Athens, Ga., the pleasure of having such casual visitors as four hundred and fifty U.S. Marshals, the entire 82nd Airborne Division, CBS-TV, ABC-TV, NBC-TV,." and so on, sarcastically concluding through his character that, of course, the people of those towns might be a little disappointed at the lack of attention. Signed "Alston". In a one-page letter dated February 27th, 1963 addressed "Dear Rudolfo" Alston opens by asking "how did you come by that Italian first name? Don't tell me. It's probably too complicated." He goes on to reveal that "I threw 'Diary of a Madman' away. Man, I was out of my mind!" "I've stopped drinking completely - until July 15th" writes Alston, "By then I hope to have another book of stories finished as well as an article for the Atlantic Monthly on the Dred Scott decision. I plan to make a play on Dred Scott, by the way". He then requests that, if he can, Rudy send him a copy of "Skin Deep". Signed "Alston". On April 23th of that year, Alston writes a one-and-a half page letter to "Dear Rude" to let him know that he's not called Marianne [Rudy's sister] about a story since he's broke and "only recently I've taken to stocking my larder before I go on my little toots. Getting sensible in my middle age. My phone bill isn't paid yet. In fact, I no longer even have a phone." While he's expecting money from Paris as the publisher Calmann-Levy bought his book "Lover Man", he "foolishly" signed over his money to J.B. who, it turns out is in jail for marijuana possession: "pot of all things. In Paris! where I've smoked at the COUPOLE, man! Interpol, though. Those kats have very long arms." He' [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy]
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