Boonville, N. Y.; Concord, Mass: 3 November 1959 and 10 March 1974.
Half page and one page respectively. 1 vols. 4to. To Wesley Hartley, an educator and teacher. Folded, the first with original typed envelope Item #39463
Writing to Hartley regarding writing and the influence of high school in making a writer. He responds "I think one can only write and find out of one's self whether one if a writer or not." Telling of the "period of drought" in his writing, noting that "If I knew what made a writer I would not have got into such a fix." The second letter says "Writing is something that basically you have to learn for yourself. I still write laboriously, much more so than when I was younger, as I can never go on to the next page until the last one seems right. Of course, this saves some re-writing" He writes of a film in which he, Jessamyn West, Ross Macdonald, James Houston, Ernest J. Gaines and Catherine Bowen tried to describe what it is like to write and recommended that Hartley look at it.