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Speaking in an Empty Room

Speaking in an Empty Room: The Selected Letters of John Sanford
Introduction and edited by Dan Giancola
Afterword by Jack Mearns
January 4, 2021 / 390 pages / $18.99

This selection from over 70 years of letters helps define John Sanford’s writing life and the ambition that fueled it. The letters chronicle his time spent in Europe during the Great Depression, in writing screenplays during Hollywood’s Golden Age (including work with director Frank Capra scripting World War Two propaganda films), in managing life after having been blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee, and in finding publishers for his 24 books. These letters offer a testament to perseverance and integrity; they show a writer unwilling to accede to publishers' demands that he alter his sui generis work.

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