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A Letter Written in Reply to a Request for a Statement About his Ancestry.
Stamford, CT Overbrook Press 1940 - First book edition. One of 350 copies. Inscribed by the Reverend L. M. Birkhead, the National Director of the Friends of Democracy, to the novelist Laura Hobson. Published "because of its peculiar interest at this time," as indicated on the dedication page, the text consists of two letters: the first from Birkhead to Steinbeck, and the second, Steinbeck's response. Steinbeck addresses the rumor about his purported Jewish heritage and the claim that The Grapes of Wrath was Jewish propaganda. Closing his letter, Steinbeck writes "Those who wish for one reason or another to believe me Jewish will go on believing it while men of good will and good intelligence won't care one way or another. I can prove these things of course -- but when I shall have to -- the American democracy will have disappeared." A very fine association copy in boards with paper label and original glassine. (Goldstone & Payne A13b, Cahoon p.27). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers, Inc., ABAA]
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