1969 Typed Letter Signed - Rockwell Kent Discusses His Reading List

1969 Typed Letter Signed - Rockwell Kent Discusses His Reading List
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Description: This letter from April of 1969 continues the long exchange of correspondence between Rockwell Kent and his good friend, Leonard Halpin. Halpin had apparently sent the Kents a copy of The Great Society Dictionary, a 1968 book by Edward Herman, with cartoons by Ron Cobb, in which the author mixed humor with serious commentary to explore the deceptive and manipulative use of language during the Vietnam War era. Kent and his wife were "most appreciative" of the gift, and thanked Halpin for his "thoughtfulness in sending it to us."

There is an interlude where Kent discusses the arrival of spring on his property, especially the "beloved yellow-woods" Halpin previously helped him to care for, and another correspondent of Kent's, whom he had recently coordinated to be introduced to Halpin the month before.

Kent then returns to books, telling Halpin that he and his wife were currently reading The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad, a 1969 book by Harrison Salisbury about that horrific 1941-1944 siege, and that he found it "a deeply moving experience." Never one to resist socio-political commentary of his own, Kent continues, "And so, in another way, is what is happening in America today. We are deeply worried about the course of events."

Kent closes out with a much more lighthearted wish for good things in his friend's life, and as usual, invites him to visit Ausable Forks in the summer months.

Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) was a prolific American artist and author, as well as a socialist political activist. He is best known for his book illustrations, particularly for editions of Moby Dick and the works of Shakespeare, as well as his own memoirs, in addition to his painted landscapes of the wilderness of Greenland, Tierra del Fuego, Alaska, Newfoundland, and Maine. He was very interested in politics and ran, unsuccessfully, for Congress in 1948. His socialist activism and connections to the Soviet Union affected his popularity as an artist and author and led to the revocation of his US passport (ultimately returned to him by the Supreme Court in 1958) and to his being awarded the USSR's Lenin Peace Prize in 1967.

Typed on a page of Kent's stationery, with the red Rockwell Kent/Ausable Forks image at the top center of the page. Kent signed as simply "Rockwell," in black ink, in his typical small, cramped hand, at the end of the letter. The paper measures 11" x 8.5" Item #A00674

Condition: Has two fold lines, generally in excellent condition.