Rose to RPW Letter 8/7/64
Tom Rose replies to Warren about a quotation from his work to be included in Who Speaks for the Negro. Rose asks for assistance regarding the publication of his own work and mentions that Mr. Carmichael originally gave Rose's manuscript to Warren.
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[Manuscript note in Warren's hand: Answered Sept 5]
156 West Newton Street
August 7, 1964
Mr. Robert Penn Warren
Dear Mr. Warren:
I look forward to seeing your new book and am happy that
my manuscript was of value to you. The selection you want to
quote, the letter from Mr. Graham, is a letter printed on the
first page of one of the first SNCC newsletters, "The Student
Voice." I am not sure of hte issue, but I think it was one
of the first issued, probably about
Man y or May or June 1960.
If necessary I can find the specific date for you.
My manuscript, which was originally part of the requirement
for a BA in social science at San Fransisco State College, has
made the rounds of the publishers with no takers. I am afraid
that my Brandeis professors took little interest, but David
Riesman has seen the manuscript, and has found someone, Nancy
Evans, an editor of THE CORRESPONDENT, who is interested in
reworking it into a trade book. Mrs. Evans is not sure yet
and we have not yet found a publisher, and thus I am still on
the lookout for someone interested in working on it with me.
Professor Riesman has suggested sending it to Jason
Epstein at Random House. David Collins of their college
department originally turned it down. If you have the time,
I would appreciate you droping at note to Random House. Your
voice might add help at this time. If you have any ideas about
other publishers or editors would you let me know. Little Brown
and Beacon have expressed interest in a recent version, but
an editor, and maybe Mrs. Evans, will need at least 1000 dollars.
I see this as an advance and am now much more concerned with a
book on this s
jubject than with making money.
If you still have the manuscript would you mind sending
it book rate to Jason Epstein at Random House. I have no
copies myself at this time. One way or other would you
let me know where the copy is that Mr. Carmichael gave you.
I gave him a copy before Mr. Riesman got interested and have
now got myself in a bind.
Thank you. Sincerely yours,