A collection of letters exchanged between Max C. Goodman, a Philadelphia pharmacist, and Charmian London written between 1932
During an inventory of the Jack London collection an uncatalogued file folder containing 42 pages of correspondence between
Max Goodman, a Philadelphia pharmacist, and Charmian London were discovered. The correspondence was a 1976 gift to the library
from Milo Sheperd, grand-nephew of Jack London and grandson of Eliza London Sheperd. These letters reveal information about
Charmian which has not been reported by her biographers. Charmian was 61 and a widow when the correspondence began and Goodman
was 25 and single.
The first letter from Max Goodman is a fan letter in which he expresses his appreciation for Jack London’s writing and his
two-volume biography authored by Charmian. The letters detail the economic and political situation in the 1930s. Charmian
writes about her need to earn money to buy feed for the Glen Ellen ranch cattle, illness and a serious horse-riding accident
that occurred in August 1934. She tells of how three Jack London novels were banned by the Nazis and burned in a bonfire.
In Goodman’s final letter to Charmian dated March 13, 1935, he writes about his job search, disillusionment with President
Roosevelt and the National Recovery Administration and how he had met the love of his life, Cecelia, who he planned to marry.