BROMFIELD, LOUIS

Archive from the Pulitzer-Wrize Winning Author and Agricultural Pioneer

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BROMFIELD, LOUIS. (1896-1956). Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and agricultural pioneer. Archive of 10 letters (three secretarially signed), an original sepia photograph of Bromfield, a black-and-white photograph of “the big house” at his Malabar Farm (both possibly taken by Fred Pucher) , and an offprint of his Reader’s Digest article “We Aren’t Going to Have Enough to Eat.” Variously signed. (“Louis Bromfield” and “LB”). 12pp. plus offprint. 4to. May 4, 1939 to May 13, 1941. On his Malabar Farm stationery. To notable Civil War scholar, author and collector, ARNOLD F. GATES (1914-1993). Some excerpts include:

 

“The description of the house at Geneva sound [sic] very attractive. When we add on to the present house here we are going to try to keep the feeling of the old one.” May 4, 1939

 

“I am very interested in the news that you are writing about Lincoln and I hope it turns out well. You are right – he’s a difficult person. The farm work is overwhelming us but otherwise it is going very well.” October 12, 1939

 

“Thank you very much for your letter of December 21st and the booklet which I enjoyed very much – also for the nice things you had to say about It Takes All Kinds.” January 9, 1940

 

“Thanks again for the nice letter about Night in Bombay. I am delighted you like World’s End. We were delighted to have Fred Pucher come down. He has made some wonderful pictures and is the best photographer I have ever met anywhere.” July 4, 1940

 

“Am terribly sorry but I’m acting as chairman of a land given by France Forever by Lily Pons on that day and couldn’t get away by two o’clock.” April 7, 1941

 

An Ohio native, Bromfield studied agriculture and journalism at Ivy League schools before fighting in France during World War I. Upon his return to New York, he worked for The Associate Press and Time magazine and penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning Early Autumn and bestselling novels The Rains Came and Mrs. Parkington, both of which were made into motion pictures. From 1925-1939, he lived in France where he was part of the American expatriate community, counting among his friends Sinclair Lewis, Gertrude Stein and Edith Wharton. With World War II looming, he returned to the United States, buying “Malabar Farm” in Mansfield, Ohio. There he pioneered organic farming practices. The farm was not only the site of government tests of soil conservation, but was also the site of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s wedding.

 

Our archive mentions Bromfield’s 1939 short story collection It Takes All Kinds, bestselling 1940 novel Night in Bombay, French born, American opera singer Lily Pons (1904-1976) and the organization France Forever, which sought “to preserve the age-old comradeship between France and the United States in the cause of freedom and democracy – the comradeship which began with Washington and Lafayette and lives again through Pershing and Foch.”

 

Gates, a well-respected amateur historian of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, devoted 50 years to researching those subjects, reviewing books for the Lincoln Herald and contributing to such works as the anthology Lincoln for the Ages. He was an avid letter writer and “friend and unofficial agent of many a noted author,” (“Autographica Curiosa: How Not to Impress Emily Post,” Autograph Magazine, Butts). His own books include Amberglow of Abraham Lincoln and Ann Rutledge, Amberglow of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed, Song of the Leaves: Quest of Johnny Appleseed and The Weaver.

 

All letters are folded with normal wear and in fine condition. Photos and offprint are near mint.

 

 

 

Item #19618

 


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