Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages on a folded, four-page sheet of stationery from the St. Botolph Club, Boston, dated April 9, 1925. To “Mr. Langfeld”: Merwin thanks Langfeld for his letter and review. “It is a pleasant relief to be handled by a reviewer who has really taken the pains to read one’s work and write of it with background.” He writes about no reviews picking up on his theme of “The Moment Of Beauty,” which he says “is the dominant moment.” He writes how he tries to represent the “people of the theatre as not is in the familiar sensational way but as intelligent, sensitive human beings working hard in a field where the difficulties are little short of in sufferable. And in this book I have tried to show some of them as I have seen them and lived around with them- essentially decent folks, artists, soberly fighting it out.” About more and then thanks Langfeld for his “careful handling you gave the book is what we meet with all too seldom. I am grateful for it. Yours faithfully, Samuel Merwin.”
Samuel Merwin, Sr. [1874–1936] was an American author and playwright, writing about 30 works. Between 1905 and 1911, he worked as associate editor and then editor of SUCCESS magazine. In 1907 the magazine sent him to China to investigate the opium trade. He died of a stroke while dining at The Player's Club in Manhattan on Oct. 17, 1936. Item #57392
Very Good (usual mailing folds, little browning right-edge of letter's second page).