Eleven Typed Letters, signed "Jerry", dated from 1966 to 1980. All to Robie Macauley, fiction editor at Playboy Magazine.

GREEN, Gerald.

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Gerald Green (1922 - 2006) American author, journalist, producer and director. Of his over two dozen books, the best known is The Last Angry Man (1956). He also earned acclaim with his script for the TV miniseries, Holocaust. The letters to Robie Macauley, fiction editor at Playboy Magazine, cover Green's current writing projects and personal travels. January 23, 1966, one page: "I do think there's a piece to be done on that subject (why not Walter Rideout, whose 'Radical Novel in the United States' I just read) but I am not the man for it.I'm having difficulty getting into Josephine Herbst's.I found Josephine Lawrence's 'If I have Four Apples' an excellent roman-a-clef. If anyone said to me, what was it like in the depression I'd send them to this unassuming, simple, truthful little book -- that carries the kick of a mule.Nothing on the depression I have read by Galbraith, Schlesinger, et al -- let alone the journalists of the era -- can dramatize those years for me the way this novelist did." This letter appears to lack a page containing the final paragraph as a "disastrous holiday season" involving a kidney stone remains unfinished and the letter is unsigned. June 1, 1966, one page on NBC News, Paris Bureau stationery, "Under separate cover, I have mailed to you two copies of the article we discussed, on the social writers of the 30's and 40's. I have called it 'Back to Bigger.'.It is pretty much an attack on the whole damn navel-watching school of writers and critics.Hungary was fascinsting. I was there almost six weeks and did not get bored.I will edit the show in September, and will be aired in October. But I did like Budapest -- lively town, good food, good opera, pleasant people. But it is still communist; freedom is given in little ways, but nothing big. Their most serious problem is rewarding educated people, college people. Students are fed up with earning the same low salaries as some guy sweeping the floor in a steel mill." January 10, 1967, one page , "By all means edit, change etc. I have a feeling that Dugan's dream about the endless latrine might come out.I am generally anti-dream in stories; I have the feeling they are crutches to get across ideas that otherwise frustrate the writer. (I found them too convenient and frequent in 'The Fixer' and I wonder am I the only one who feels that way.) June 14, 1971, one page, in which Green details his idea for a short story, "The Prettyman Plan" which was eventually published in Playboy in 1974. April 13, 1973, one page, "I'm delighted that you like THE PRETTYMAN PLAN.Of course I have no objections to your cutting it. Please do so, and liberally. I'm one writer who craves editing. Some of my books have suffered for a lack of surgery.I ran into Podhoretz at a Columbia alumni affair some weeks ago and got from him a hearty handshake and greeting. Probably in tribute to my late father, who was his family's GP. Dec 17, 1973, one small page, "My new book TOURIST is doing surprisingly well largely off a good notice by Anatole Broyard. (Funny how his skills as a critic eluded me all these years; it took one good notice to change my mind)." May 9, 1977, one page, "Many thanks for the absolutely beautiful spread you gave BERNSTEIN IN MEXICO. Reading the story again I found it even better than I imagined, maybe my best story yet.I only hope they let me back into San Miguel de Allende." May 25, 1977, one page, "Ran into an old mutual acquaintance from PEN Club days. They had the usual cocktail party last week, and I was one of the honorees.I reminded him how Sontag and Podhoretz and Botsford made me stand against the wall in the 'mass media' workshop, when I had produced and written more TV and radio than everyone at the conference combined. Such lunacies never leave an author's mind." January 6, 1978, one page, "I wrote a none hour TV dramamatic mini-series for NBC, which will [be] on in April. Big cast, big promos, etc. Filmed in Vienna. Then I wrote, before leaving for Mesico. N° de réf. du libraire

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