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Box 15, Anderson Hall
University of Florida
August 22, 1957
Mise Zora Neale Huraton
Boxr 75, Route 2
Merritt Island, Florida
Dear Miss Hurston:
Your interesting letter of Augut' 7 was delayed in transit, it
being forwarded to me at St. Autuatine, where I ama at present
I am overjoyed to have your two Florida stories, for I was really
disappointed when you said at fir~st that you didn't have an~y-
thing that would be suitable for the collection. I did so want
you represented in it and still do. Tomorrow I am returning
to Grainesv8ille for the day to attend to various matters and will
see if our files. of STORY go back to 1934. I have a notion
they de but that there are gaps in the collection. Somtle gaps
in the POST collection~ too, but I think I'll find that one.
I sa particulpyly happy to have the STORiY one, for I want the
quality" label and am overloaded with POST sources. I know
the latter publishes first rate stuff every now and then and
did so particularly same time past, but in general its reputation
is not one of literary excellene.
Now, lady, do you have OTH~ERQ Flomrida stories up your sleevre?
For in addition to the collection itself, I am trying to make
as complete a bibliography of the Florida short story as I aan.
I rather thought you would know Bucklin Moon. I don't, but
from his letters he sounds like a strong, intelligent, good mean.
He must be a pleasure to know personally. By the way, do you
know Nathsan Starr, who used to be at Rollins and is now at Florida?
I don't know how long he was there. ~He's an Arthuriajn scholar.
He and his wife, N~ina, are old-line New Englanders, old-line
liberals, with. a bit of old-line Abolitionist seal. They have
run afoul of the old-line obscurantists on the staff.
What you have to say about the Bahama workers is. very interesting,
as is all you have to say. It would certain seem material
that the University Press should be interested in. But it also.
seems to me that it would reach a wider public caoni~ng from a
writer with your literary reputation and published in one of
the quality periodicals like the ATLAN~hTIC or HARPERS. But if
you are not gfo~ing to do something on it, as soon as I can "git
ahets of my present project I'd Like to look into it for myself
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