May 24, 1946
Winfield L. Holden, S 1/c ARM
Box 2 CAC
NAS Banana River, Florida
Dear Mr. Holden:
You told me not to thank you for your letter, but I do. I appreciate it very much.
No, I do not intend to write another book “like” THE FOUNTAINHEAD, but I am working on my next novel now, and I don’t think you will find that it is a blasphemy against THE FOUNTAINHEAD.
As to your question on why I did not kill Ellsworth Toohey—the reason is that the kind of defeat he suffered was much worse than physical destruction.
I am enclosing a printed letter which I think might interest you.