One-page typed letter, dated February 16, 1961, signed by beloved children's book author Theodore Geisel, better known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss. The letter, on "Dr. Seuss" letterhead, is addressed to Herman Smith, Assistant Dean of Pasadena City College. In full: Dear Mr. Smith - Thank you very much for your kind invitation to speak at Pasadena City College. I wish I could accept, but unfortunately my writing and publishing duties have become so heavy that I am having to call a moratorium on all speaking for at least six months. My apologies, and my very best wishes for a successful Writer's Week. Sincerely, Theo. J. Geisel [signed]." Geisel's signature has been scripted in blue ink and grades "10." Geisel often signed under his pen name, especially when signing books. As a result, full "Theo. J. Geisel," signatures are the exception rather than the rule. This is an outstanding example dating from the height of his literary career. The letter (7.25 x 10.5 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds and the word "No" written in red pencil along the top border (obviously in reference to Geisel's response to the college's invitation). In Excellent to Mint condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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