Page 24 – But he told her to ask the Wizard

by Kelley Smoot Garrett
Austin, Texas

Last week, we reviewed the telegram Letitia had written to Lincoln Schuster of Simon & Schuster at the request of Huntington Hartford. What sort of a reception did Letitia’s work receive from the venerable publishing house?

Mr. James Alexander, Vice President of the Guaranty Trust Company of New York, acting as part agent, part legal representative wrote the reply, dated June 4, 1941:

June 4, 1941 letter from James Alexander, VP of Guaranty Trust Company of New York, to Letitia

June 4, 1941 letter from James Alexander, VP of Guaranty Trust Company of New York, to Letitia

This must have been a huge disappointment, although given the manner in which all subsequent projects involving Huntington Hartford turned out – in a curious inversion of the Midas principle, nearly everything he touched turned to rubble – this was probably all for the best. However, it probably didn’t feel that way at the time.

Till next week, dear readers…

 

Leave a Reply