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Erle Stanley Gardner

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“Please accept my appreciation for the manner in which you have done the job of editing."

Erle Stanley Gardner, 1889-1970.  American lawyer and author.  Typed Letter Signed, Erle Stanley Gardner, one page, 8½" x 11, on personal stationery, Rancho Del Paisano, Temecula, California, January 20, 1958.

Gardner, the author of the renowned Perry Mason series, returns the proof of an article entitled “The Real Underdog" (not present) to the managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly.  He writes, in part:  “Thank you for your letter . . . , which was waiting for me when I returned to my headquarters yesterday.  /  The proof is all right and I am returning it herewith.  Please accept my appreciation for the manner in which you have done the job of editing."

Gardner refers to what he termed the "underdog" of the prison system, the parole board, to which he dedicated one of his Perry Mason titles, “The Case of the Cautious Coquette."  The Atlantic Monthly published this article in March 1958 under the title “Parole and the Prisons:  An Opportunity Wasted."

Gardner reportedly had more than 135 million copies of his books in print in the United States at the time of his death. His principal character, Perry Mason, appeared in more than 80 novels and short stories and was featured in a long-running radio series, on film, and in television's longest-running lawyer drama, the 1957-1966 series starring Raymond Burr. 

Gardner has signed this letter with a beautiful blue fountain pen signature.  The letter has normal mailing folds, one of which touches the signature.  There are staple holes at the upper left and a pencil notation in the bottom blank margin.  Overall the letter is in fine condition.



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