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The Literary Mind by Max Eastman

The Literary Mind by Max Eastman

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The Literary Mind: Its Place in an Age of Science
by Max Eastman

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
Early edition, 1932 (originally published in 1931)

While the book itself is not signed by Eastman, this listing does include a hand-signed typed letter from Eastman, a Western Union telegram from Eastman, and a postcard handwritten and signed by Eastman. All of these are addressed to Florence Burgess who has her charming bookplate (a woodcut illustration of a scene from Florence, Italy) on the ffep and signed and dated her name. These things are included as they were found, folded in the front pages.

Postcard: The front is a colored illustration of a man in traditional Mexican dress in front of a horse, and on the back Eastman has written on the back: "A word of remembrance and thanks for your kindness to me in Denver -- Max Eastman. (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.)"

Western Union telegram: Stamped several times on the front and back Oct 31, 1938, with some pencil notes on the front and a bunch of pencil notes on the back, and a ~two inch tear along a crease on the right side. "Florence Burgess = [...] Florence I just returned to my house and found your letter telephoned hotel but you were gone. I am terribly sorry to have missed you and so is Eliena. Please send us word without fail when you come again and meanwhile believe in my affectionate regrets = Max Eastman".

Typed letter: On Croton-on-Hudson, New York letterhead. "Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. / September 16, 1938. / Dear Florence, It was good to hear from your and know that are sometimes listening in. I wish you could answer! / So fas as I go, Littleton is the capital of Colorado. I thought I explained all that to you when we were driving together that day. / Also, I think you should call me up at Croton when you go through New York, even though on your way to Europe. / My best wishes, As ever, Max Eastman"

Also included is a newspaper clipping of a list of 15 books related to Ireland that doesn't appear to have any relation to the book beyond literature, possibly the article was written by Eastman? On the reverse is a partial ad asking "Have you read Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind? [....] 11th printing" (which came out in August, 1936, thus dating the newspaper clipping to this time)

Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Cover boards have light scuffing, minor edge wear, corners a bit bumped. Interior is clean and neat, letters and clippings do not appear to have discolored the pages very much at all. Several pages remain uncut/unopened along the fore-edge or bottom-edge. Binding is firm.

wiki: "Max Forrester Eastman (January 4, 1883 – March 25, 1969) was an American writer on literature, philosophy and society, a poet and a prominent political activist. ... During the 1930s, Eastman continued writing critiques of contemporary literature. He published several works in which he criticized James Joyce and other modernist writers who, he claimed, fostered "the Cult of Unintelligibility". These were controversial at a time when the modernists were highly admired. When Eastman had asked Joyce why his book was written in a very difficult style, Joyce famously replied: "To keep the critics busy for three hundred years". ... Eastman published The Literary Mind (1931) and Enjoyment of Laughter (1936) in which he also criticized some elements of Freudian theory. In the 1930s, he debated the meaning of Marxism with the philosopher Sidney Hook (like Eastman, he had studied under John Dewey at Columbia University) in a series of public exchanges. Eastman was a traveling lecturer throughout the 1930s and 1940s, when he spoke on various literary and social topics in cities across the country."
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