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Max Goodman letters
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Description
The collection consists of eleven letters exchanged between Max Goodman, a Philadelphia pharmacist, and Charmian London. The correspondence was a 1976 gift to the Sonoma State University Library by Milo Shepard, grand-nephew of Jack London and grandson of Eliza Shepard. Max Goodman initiated the correspondence in 1932, in the form of a fan letter to Charmian London. London responded with details about life on her ranch and discusses the Nazi banning of some of Jack London’s books. The last letter to Charmian London was written in March 1935 by Max Goodman.
Background
During an inventory of the Jack London collection at Sonoma State University, an un-cataloged file folder containing forty-two pages of correspondence between Max Goodman, a Philadelphia pharmacist, and Charmian London was discovered. Eleven letters are in the folder, six hand-written by Max Goodman, and five typed letters by Charmian London. These letters reveal information about Charmian which has not been reported by any of her biographers. Charmian, Jack London’s widow, was 61 years old when the correspondence began. Unfortunately, Max Goodman does not reveal his age, but we estimate he was in his late 20s or early 30s.
Extent
11 letters
Restrictions
The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
Availability
Collection is open for research by appointment