Livingston, MT: S.i., 1984. A brief but revelatory letter from McGuane to author, literary critic, and bibliographer Jerome Klinkowitz, in which he expresses his delight at Klinkowitz's response to his work, and proceeds to answer questions on the work of some his contemporaries, as well as the work of those authors he admires most. "I never really felt a great pull to Kesey and Brautigan with the exception of the latter's Trout Fishing In America which I consider something of a classic. I had the same problem with Kesey I now have with Robert Stone: much admiration superimposed on difficulty with the broadly naturalistic approach, and the new-journalism underpinings of Stone. My most admired list would have to include the following: Walden, Life on the Mississippi, Huck Finn, The Red and The Black, Madame Bovary, Dead Souls, Ulysses, and Epitaph For A Small Winner. That's a dead-honest list, not a creative pedigree." Item #5790
Original typed letter on a single sheet of cream laid paper (measuring 7.25" x 10 3/8"), dated February 1, 1984. 20 lines (157 words), signed "All the best, Tom McGuane" in black ink. Old folds from mailing smoothed out, two small holograph corrections; Near Fine. With the original mailing envelope, franked, postmarked 2 February, 1984.