RPW to Rose letter 8/5/64
RPW to Rose Letter 8/5/64 Searchable TextCollapse
West Wardsboro, Vermont, August 5, 1964
Mr. Tom Rose,
156 West Newton Street.,
Dear Mr. Rose:
Late this spring Stokely Carmichael let me have the use of his copy of your unpublished dissertation Negro Student, U.SA. Now I am writing you for permission to quote some material from it.
But first I should let you know who I am and what I am doing. I am a writer – chiefly a novelist I suppose – and a professor at Yale University. Among my novels are All The King’s Men, World Enough And Time, The Cave, and Flood. I am now doing a piece of journalism -- I suppose you would call it – to be publisjed (published) in a short version in Look Magazine, and in the full version as a book with Random House. The basic project is a set of interviews I have done with Negro leaders in different partsof (parts of) the country and at different age levels. That, of course, is how I camw (came) to know Mr. Carmichael, who has been very helpful to me. and whose interview is being used in my book.
Now to what I want from you: On page 64 there is a letter from Clarence Graham to his parents, explaining why he was about to join a sit-in and go to jail, a very moving document. In my chapter on interviews with the “young” I should like to quote this as a piece of background material. May I do so? I should be very grateful.
Very sincerely yours,
Robert Penn Warren
P.S. I should say that in general I have found your dissertation very useful indeed, very valuable. Is it to be published?