Jul 15, 2021 - Sale 2576

Sale 2576 - Lot 116

Price Realized: $ 138
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 200 - $ 300
Jones Brown, Zenith (1898-1983)
Typed Letter Signed, 11 July 1947.

Two sheets of blue writing paper with the author's King George Street, Annapolis, Maryland address, typed over one side only of each page, to a Miss MacPherson, signed "Leslie Ford (Mrs. Ford Brown)," in answer to a letter of complaint to Saturday Evening Post, she defends her syntax, in particular her use of "It is me"; stating that, "I know it is technically incorrect in serious, dignified and non-colloquial writing, or in light fiction in the speech of dignified and cultivated characters of a pedantic or even just conservative nature. [...] If however, in a Leslie Ford story I wrote, 'It is I,' said the police sergeant, I would be doing it to indicate that the speaker used a pedantic or pretentious kind of speech. Such people don't talk that way." She goes on to cite several references in support of her points, each sheet, 7 3/4 x 5 1/4 in.

Brown was a crime fiction writer who wrote under the names David Frome, Leslie Ford, and Brend Conrad. Her series featuring the characters Grace Latham and John Primrose were among her most popular.