KRISTIN HUNTER AUTOGRAPHED TYPED LETTER


Kristin Elaine Hunter was born September 12, 1931.  Hunter is an African American writer from Pennsylvania. She has sometimes written under the name Kristin Hunter Lattany. Hunter was born Kristin Eggleston in Philadelphia, attended the University of Pennsylvania, and wrote for the Pittsburgh Courier, a black newspaper, until 1952. Her first novel, God Bless the Child, was published in 1964; like most of her work, it confronts complex issues of race and gender. Books written by Kristin Hunter: God Bless the Child, 1964. The Landlord, 1966. The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou, 1968. Guests in the Promised Land (stories), 1973. The Survivors, 1975. The Lakestown Rebellion, 1978. Lou in the Limelight, 1981. Kinfolks, 1996. Do Unto others, 2000. Original Kristin Hunter Autographed Typed letter, Approx. Size 8 1/2 x 11. Typed on Letter: 1233 Pine Street Philadelphia 7, Pa. October 31, 1963 Mr. John Wilcock 26 Perry Street New York City. Dear Mr. Wilcock: I may be more than you’re bargaining for, but I’m answering your ad anyway. This September I accepted a job writing for the Philadelphia city government, and learned only two weeks later that Scribners had bought my first novel. Yesterday I learned that my agent has also sold the book to a British publisher. So a few dollars and pounds will be coming in, and I’m wondering… …Just what am I doing facing another cold winter in Philadelphia, with another career job on my hands(I spent nine years in advertising), when I obviously ought to be in a lovely warm place like Mexico or Puerto Rico, finishing that play and those poems, and starting another novel? Well, because it’s hard for a girl to take off for the unknown alone, and also because I have trouble overcoming my upbringing, i.e. the middle-class habit of making money. Your assignment might be just the incentive I need. You should be fully warned that I’m always involved in creative projects of my own. But I would give respectful and responsible attention to your work. I’m a fast typist, though I don’t know shorthand, and a superb writer. I’m divorced, 30 and getting younger, slightly colored and extremely healthy. My new job is fun, possibly because I tend to think most things are fun, and my new apartment is elegant, but Philadelphia is a graveyard, as the Voice and your lively column remind me every week. So I invite you to induce me to leave it all behind. I’ll be in New York soon to see my publisher, and would look foward to meeting you then, even if nothing further comes of it. Sincerely yours. Kristin Hunter. Regluar Price – $ 185.00 / Sale Price – $ 98.00.

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