Carping about “Soldiers’ Pay”

While looking for something completely different, I ran across this letter from Larry McMurtry. He’s worried about a set of first editions that he had donated to the library and that they are not getting the care they deserve. He asks for them to be moved to the rare book room, which was the Kyle Morrow Room. The head librarian’s response is that there isn’t room, but it does seem like Hardin Craig, Jr. did do something.

Page 1 of letter. The letter is summed up in the text of the blog post.
Page 2 of letter. The letter is summed up in the text of the blog post. Letter is signed by Larry McMurtry

Although the slip cover is damaged, this is most likely the first edition that McMurtry referred to. Based on this image via AbeBooks, our cover has faded over the years. McMurtry’s book has some wear and tear, but we’re keeping it safe now.

Cover of Soldier's Pay. Arch design is purple with fading along the edges. The bottom of the paper cover is bent and torn.

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