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ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED (ALS)
Saginaw, MI: 1805 Gratiot Avenue, 1951,. an original one page letter written entirely in Roethke's hand, in his trademark green ink. The letter is written from the poet's childhood family home, addressed to Roethke's publisher, "Mr. Donald Elder / Doubleday & Company Inc." In the text of the letter, Roethke advises Mr. Elder that "Poetry" (Magazine, Chicago) would be publishing certain poems, and he requests in part: "Please ask the permissions girl to treat them gently." Roethke was no doubt especially sensitive to this matter, as POETRY Magazine awarded him the Levinson Prize ("the highest award given for a poem or group of poems published in POETRY" - McLeod, p. xxvii) that year. Folded for mailing, and the recipient has annotated the letter in pencil at the top of the page, else little wear. Roethke often returned to his family home at 1805 Gratiot Avenue in Saginaw, as it offered a quiet environment for his creative work away from the pressures of his university life. An uncommon piece of correspondence to be available between this Pulitzer Prize winning author and his publisher. Signed.
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