Port Angeles, WA: S.i., 1988. A late letter from Carver to Salter, full of admiration, as well as regret over a missed opportunity to meet. "Many thanks for your good letter...It was not for want of trying that I missed your reading, and with it the opportunity to meet you, last month. Tess and I had made our arrangements to come over, I'd spoken to Rick S. about putting aside the tickets for us, and I had the hotel reservations made. Then, very bad luck: I had a sudden flare-up, call it that, from the long surgery I'd had to undergo last fall. Everything was at sixes and sevens, and I was in the hospital for tests and this and that the night you gave your reading. I'm sorry all the way around! I hope we will meet, and sooner rather than later. As you must know, I've been one of your greatest fans, since the time I picked up a copy of A Sport and a Pastime many years ago in a bookstore in Jerusalem, of all places. And I've been hooked ever since." The two men would never meet, and this would be among the last letters Carver would ever write; he'd be back in the hospital by early July, and dead from lung cancer four weeks later. Item #4589
Autograph letter on white bond (measuring 8.5" x 11"); 23 lines (176 words), and signed "Yours, Ray Carver" along lower edge. Two old folds smoothed-out, else Near Fine; with original mailing envelope, franked, postmarked 8 March, 1988.