Autograph letter signed ("father") to his son (then 12 years-old) Thomas Steinbeck. [Sag Harbor] 3 July 1956.
2 pages. " ... My book [The Short Reign of Pippin IV] is crawling toward home plate on its hands and knees. It is a jewel of literature but ... difficult to pawn. It may also get me guillotined. The wedding [of Elaine's daughter Waverly Scott] goes on a week from Sunday. It is going to be only slightly less lavish than the aquacade. I protested against the bride and groom riding into the church on elephants but I was voted down. Miss Vanderbilt says ... "Elephants are always pleasant and if properly controlled give an overtone of good taste .... The bride will be encased in a sheath - call it a scabbard of plastic Valenciennes.... I do not feel that I am losing a daughter but gaining a library. I tell you these things because I know your interest in social minutiae....Write me when you get time from goldbricking aned let me know how you do. I love you and miss you. Elaine says she would send you a birthday present if she thought it wouldn't embarrass you..." Autograph letter signed. (Item ID: 23637)