1930, December 12: Eve Adams, Paris, to Ben Reitman

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This is Eve's second letter to Ben Reitman.

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Dear Ben

Forgive me for not writing so long.  I have no excuse to offer.  Indeed I was very happy to hear from you and those clippings you set of your doings in Chicago.  I am writing a group of prison stories.  Two of them were accepted here in Paris by Sam Putnam, for his magazine "The New Reviews," which will appear in March.  Three I sent on to Max Eastman to place them and writing more--Getting along modestly, but it is better in the

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summer.  By the way Sam and Mrs Putnam sending their best to you.

I showed Mrs. Putnam that letter of yours and she was very pleased to know that you are interested in them. Ezra Pound and Richard Thoma are associated editors to Sam's New Review.

I still am planning and hoping that I will be able to hop down to Nice for a month or so, during the winter --

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How are you Ben dear, and mother, dear little Brutus.

I long to see you all.

Ben, darling, Please send on to Violet my enclosure!  I simply cannot afford the postage.

Write to me again soon Ben dear -- you will make me very very happy

Crazy Bodenheim is here in Montparnasse and a big snob!

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I cannot think of any other news at present

So give my love and happy holidays, Eve


American Express


11 rue Scribe

PS Yes, I have seen dear Sasha [Alexander Berkman] here a few weeks ago and we had a nice talk. He looks splendid!

When I get down south I will see Emma [Goldman] too. [Goldman was living in a cottage in St. Tropez, in southern France.]

Eve Adams to Ben Reitman, Visitors Writing Room, American Express 11 Rue Scribe Paris, December 30, 1930. Return address: Eve Zloczower, American Express, Paris, 11 rue Scribe. Signed “Eve“. Four pages. Library, University of Illinois, Chicago. A scan and typed copy of this letter were included by Martha Reis in a set of “Transcripts” of Eve’s letters in the archive of the University of Illinois at Chicago Library. Reis sent these to Eran Zahavy and Zahavy shared them with Jonathan Ned Katz. Though the transcript lists the original letter as in the Reitman Papers, University of Illinois, Chicago, a researcher hired by Katz, Marie K. Rowley, was unable to find the letter there. Reis, “Hidden Histories” also lists this as in the Reitman Papers, box 9, folder 151, but this locator, like some others, is now invalid after a library reorganization.

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