* THURBER, James (1894-1961). Autograph letter signed ("Jim Thurber"), in pencil, to Mrs. Eugene F. Saxton. [New York], 28 June 1943.
8 pages, 4to on yellow paper, creased at folds, with original envelope addressed in another hand. Eugene Saxton was a senior editor at Harper and Sons with whom Thurber worked. Upon hearing news of his passing, Thurber writes his widow: "Helen and I were profoundly shocked to hear of Gene's passing. We deeply share the grief which everyone who knew him and worked with him must so keenly feel. I cherish what must have been one of Gene's last letters, in which he proposed the agreeable and exacting plan of us working together on a collection of my pieces…Gene's name was often spoken in our house because we remembered him affectionately as friend, counsellor, companion and host… He was highly accomplished in understanding the real and fancied problems of his writers…" A rare autograph letter from Thurber, boldly written in an oversized hand.
Estimate $ 800-1,200
Property from the Robert L. McKay Collection, North Tustin, California