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Versailles, Texas - July 10, 1983

Dear Mr. Oliver,

I would like with the present letter to inform you that on page 29 of the manuscript I sent you last week, there is a mistake made by my otherwise efficient secretary, Miss Parest. I would like to correct the passage: “and the fellow thought of it as a disgusting thing to do” with the sentence that I include herewith: “and not knowing what to do about the matter, the clever investigator, resident in New York, devolved the entire business to an authoritative colleague.

Please take kind note of what said above, and

I remain faithfully yours.

David H. Kayn


New York City, July 14, 1983

Dear Mr. Kayn,

I appreciated your letter very much.

I also found the paragraph you mentioned to be strange indeed, and, considering the beauty of your novels, I was surprised that you would ignore such a fundamental element in the story.

I am sorry to remind you that, notwithstanding the huge amount of commitments you have every day, we should mett to agree on the price of the manuscript.

Faithfully yours,

Jack L. Oliver
Assistant Editor
United Press Ltd.


Versailles, Texas - July 17, 1983

Dear Mr. Oliver,

With reference to your last letter, I would like to stress the inadequacy of your remark concerning the passage I have corrected. You probably do not understand the importance of the corrected sentence. It seems too simplistic to define as “fundamental” the missing element of the draft I sent you. Let’s say “vital”. As for the meeting you hint to for the agreement of the price of the manuscript, I must apologize for not having the time to do it. I promise to let you know when I am available.

In the meantime I remain faithfully yours,


David H. Kayn


New York City, July 21, 1983

Dear Mr. Kayn,

I am truly sorry for having so grossly underestimated your piece of art, but quite frankly it didn’t seem to me to be too “vital” an element for the story’s purposes.

As to the meeting, I must admit that I am very disappointed with your attitude toward the “hand that feeds you.

Faithfully yours,


Jack L. Oliver
Assistant Editor
United Press Ltd.


Versailles, Texas - July 24, 1983

Dear Mr. Oliver,
In receiving your letter I was in some way confused by your statement according to which my story doesn’t gain any vital strength from the element missing in the first draft.

Also it seemed to me that the tone of the letter was quite ironic and delusive.

I’d appreciate it very much if you would give me a better explanation of the matter.

Thank you a lot,


David H. Kayn


New York City, July 27, 1983

Dear Mr. Kayn,

What do you mean by delusive?

Faithfully yours,


Jack L. Oliver
Assistant Editor
United Press Ltd.


Versailles, Texas - July 31, 1983

Dear Mr. Oliver,
"Having the attribute of deluding, characterized by delusion; deceptive.
(Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 1965 Edition, p. 477)

Faithfully yours,


David H. Kayn


New York City, August 5, 1983

Dear Mr. Kayn,

Why not close quotation marks? Secretarial inefficiency?

Faithfully yours,


Jack L. Oliver

Assistant Editor
United Press Ltd.


Versailles, Texas - August 8, 1983

Dear Mr. Oliver,
If mine secretary lacks efficiency, yours is totally incompetent. (See last letter: the signature)

Faithfully yours,


David H. Kayn


New York City, August 13, 1983

Dear Mr. Kayn,

Why not answer my questions?

Why not say "my" instead of "mine"?

Faithfully yours,


Jack L. Oliver
Assistant Editor
United Press

Secretary's note: Mr. Kayn, why not mind your own business?

Versailles, Texas - August 19, 1983

Dear Mr. Oliver and Secretary,

Why not go to hell?

Faithfully yours,


David H. Kayn


New York City, August 28, 1983

Dear Mr. Kayn,
Whatever do you mean by that?

Faithfully yours,


Jack L. Oliver
and Secretary
United Press Ltd.


Versailles, Texas - August 31, 1983

Dear Mr. Oliver and Secretary of United Press (??)

Ever mean what?

Unfaithfully yours,


Jack H. Kayn


New York City, September 6, 1983

Dear Mr. Kayn,
Whatever do you mean by "ever mean what"?

Faithfully unyours,


Jack L. Oliver
Assistant Editor
United Press Ltd.


Versailles, Texas - September 18, 1983

Dear Mr. Oliver,

Quite frankly I don't remember what is the point. Could you please remind me of it?

Yours,


David H. Kayn


New York City, October 5, 1983

Dear Mr. Kayn,
Neither can I.

Are you proposing a manuscript to us or what?

Faithfully yours,


Jack L. Oliver
Assistant Editor
United Press Ltd.

[ luglio 1983 ]

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