To D. L. Chambers [Letter 165]

Item Reference Code: 131_13x_002_001

Date(s) of creation

February 4, 1945


D. L. Chambers


D. L. Chambers had written AR, telling her he had heard “confidentially” that Maurice Maeterlinck wrote Archduke Franz Josef of Austria that The Fountainhead is “one of the grand books of the year.” 

10000 Tampa Avenue
Chatsworth, California

February 4, 1945

Mr. D. L. Chambers
The Bobbs-Merrill Company
Indianapolis, Indiana

Dear Mr. Chambers:

Thank you for letting me know about Maurice Maeterlick’s opinion of “THE FOUNTAINHEAD”. I was very happy to hear it, and I am glad if it adds to the prestige of the Bobbs-Merrill list.

Thank you also for the copy of Mr. Robert S. Henry’s letter which you sent me. I am interested in railroads for the purpose of my next novel in which the railroad business will be an important part of the background. I will not be able to start research work for this novel until I am on my own time, that is, the free six months of my picture contract—but I expect to be free to start it in the near future.

Would you please thank Mr. Henry for me and tell him that I should like to meet him when he comes to Los Angeles? I would appreciate it very much if you would send me his two books, as you kindly offered.

Sincerely yours,


Ayn Rand