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Saturday, October 25, 2008

1949 Letter to Clark Ashton Smith

"Dear Mr. Smith..." - October 8, 1949
Letter of acceptance from Otis Adelbert Kline Literary Agency to Clark Ashton Smith - signed by Oscar J. Friend

Image of the original letter of acceptance from the Otis Adelbert Kline literary agency - signed by their representative Oscar J. Friend - to Clark Ashton Smith for his two stories "The City of the Singing Flame" & "Beyond the Singing Flame" for inclusion in the anthology "Hall of Fame Classics". Smith had engaged the Kline agency after his continued efforts to secure payment from Hugo Gernsback at "Wonder Stories" for payments due. Kline had also represented Robert E. Howard and his estate. Kline had died in 1946 but apparently the agency continued under Oscar J. Friend for some years afterward. Such ephemera from Clark Ashton Smith rarely survive as his cabin was prone to the elements and he was broken into by vandals.

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