AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, TO JAMES SALTER (MARCH 6, 1988). Raymond Carver.
AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, TO JAMES SALTER (MARCH 6, 1988)

AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, TO JAMES SALTER (MARCH 6, 1988)

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.

Price: $1,000.00

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