Mar 19, 2015 - Sale 2376

Sale 2376 - Lot 95

Price Realized: $ 2,470
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
SOME POETS ARE PIGS JOHNSON, LYNDON B. Autograph Note Signed, "LJ," as President, to "Bill & Jack," in pencil: "I've been very dubious about this from the beginning--When you get in a pen with pigs you get some of it on you." Written in blank lower margin on a TLS from his speech writer Richard Goodwin, warning the president about inviting Robert Lowell and other literary figures to "Festival of the Arts." 1 page, 4to, White House stationery; "CONFIDENTIAL" written in upper margin in an unknown hand. (TFC) Washington, 1 June 1965

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Goodwin's letter: "Saul Bellow--the novelist who is a participant in your Festival of the Arts, and a friend--called me from Chicago. He said that Robert Lowell--the poet who is also an invited participant--will hold a press conference tomorrow . . . and announce that he will not come . . . because of his disagreement with our Dominican and Vietnam policy. . . ."