December 22, 1942
We were all delighted to have your recent letter and knowr that
you are so busy with your creative workL. I feel strongly that you
should devote all of your time and energies to creating the novels,
short stories and plays which I knowrr you are capable of producing.
Don't serve any more timenon what you once called "repoortin" at
working for someone else. Your creative genius is your divinest gift
and the world is waiting for what you have to give it.
Of course I shall be delighted to go through several of your
books and copy out Abse of the pictureague phrases many of which I
have already marked and forward them to the "Readers Digsat". I wish
I had thought of the idea first.
I[ was glad to knowr that you were digging into the story of the
Indian River traffic. I know a little of its history and it has
always fascinated me. After you write ~the magazine story why don't
you write a novel with the background of the Indian diver traffic.
If I renanber rightly several "river novels" have been best sellers.
You will be interested in knowing that Professor A. J. Hanna has
nearly completed a volume on the history of the St. Johns Riiver for
a series of "River Booke" published by a pew York house.
I have delayed answering your letter until my daughters Frances
and heater arrived for the Christmas vacation. My sister join me
in extending a very cordial invitation to you to come over Saturday
in time for lunch with us. It will be a pleasure to welom~e you.
Can you call me on the phone or send me a brief wire as to what time
you can get here.
Very cordially yours,
Eduin 0. Grover
Miss Zora heale Eturaton
4153 Borth Spruce St.
Daytona Beach, Florida