New York: Ca. 1925. Four page typed letter, author's own copy of the letter he sent to the Vice President of the Authors' League of America (Gelett Burgess). Dreiser demands to know why the League never defended or supported authors against censorship attacks (including his own work 'The Genius'): "No one of these, or their authors or their publishers, in so far as I know, ever received one word of encouragement or one dollar of cash from the Authors' League of America".
This introduction is followed by a detailed account of the state Senate hearings on the Clean Books League Bill, and the fact that no member of the Authors' League was present "in any official capacity".
Dreiser continues with other examples of the lack of support on the part of the League, and brings up Burgess' references in newspapers as Dreiser being the author of "dubious sex fiction", a "savage and very personal comment upon me and my fiction".
With manuscript insertion of one author's name, for which Dreiser left a blank and filled in with his own hand, "Przybyszewski". This for Stanislaw Przybyszewski, author of 'Homo Sapiens'.
A fascinating attack on the League by one of the most prominent writers of the day.
81/2 x 11". 4pp, held by straight pin upper left corner. Slight browning on verso of central fold. Very good condition. Item #24644