[N.P.]: September 21, 1971. 1 page Autograph Letter Signed "Yours, Frank" and dated September 21, 1971. Blue marker ink on a yellow lined legal sheet measuring 8 x 12 inches. Some marginal creasing and toning not affecting text. Minor offsetting of ink to the bottom margin. Signature slightly smudged but legible. An important and scarce letter from Stanford, discussing his writing. No other signed letters by the author appear in auction records.
The letter reads in full: "Dear Irv, Glad you arrived safely. Writing very much since you left. Just a note here if you don't mind, thn. Will you let your man in Virginia know that I need about 15 copies of the pamphlet as soon as he can send them; at least 10. Will be glad to see it. Also Linda liked you very much; she and I both wished you could have stayed longer. As soon as these lost divers come back to live again, I'll write a letter. Yours, Frank."
Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Stanford's publisher and the letter recipient, Irv Broughton, this autograph letter documents a critical moment at the beginning of Stanford's career: the release of his first book, The Singing Knives. Broughton writes, "It was on this trip west that I hand-delivered some newly printed copies of The Singing Knives, and Frank got to see them...One of the reasons I consider the letter important is that the visit seemed to have cemented our relationship." Following the release of The Singing Knives, Stanford and Broughton would maintain a close author-editor relationship, with Broughton publishing or co-publishing all the books Stanford produced in his brief life. "This letter is an expression of faith and the beginning of a great literary relationship." Very Good + (Item #2287)