139 East 35th Street
New York City
November 16, 1943
Dear Mrs. Curlee:
I was very glad to hear from you again and shall be pleased to meet you in person. Would you come to have tea with me at my home, on Saturday afternoon, November 20, at 5 p.m.? Drop me a note to let me know if this is convenient for you—or telephone me at Murray Hill 6-6549, any morning before noon.
No, of course your letter was not wrong or presumptuous. I am very much interested in young writers and I would be glad to discuss your husband’s work with you. I must warn you, however, that I am not an authority on poetry and I know very little about the procedure of placing poems with publishers, which is a special field, different from that of book publications. So I could give you only a general opinion or advice. I might be a little more helpful on short stories.