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sought Scarborough's advice about marketing it. She mentioned having
heard the "most pleasant and tantalizing things" about Scarborough's
newest release, The Stretch-Berry Smile, which she looked forward to reading
soon."' Scarborough responded over a month later:
It was good to hear from you again after this long time I should have answered
your letter at once but for the fact that I have had two patients on my hands ever
since it came. My sister was 1ll here with me and my nephew was in St. Luke's hav-
ing an operation for appendicitis. For a time he was in a serious condition, with com-
plications, with fever 104, so I had to rush from his mother's bed here at home to
him in the hospital, and take Columbia in on the way. But they are both recovering
nicely now ....
I am interested to know you have written a novel. I think your novel should be
a fine piece of work.
Of course you know the market is in a distressing condition now, which might well
account for [your agent] Edith Burrow's failure to land your other work. But I can
see that that would make you reluctant to turn this over to her Agents are helpful,
especially to one living at a distance from the markets, as you do. For some things
they are necessary, such as the sale of motion picture rights and subsidiary rights
I generally sell my stuff myself, because I am here and know the people. But I don't
try to handle the picture rights.'
Scarborough did not live to see the publication of Family Style, which was
not to appear until 1937. In that year a disastrous school explosion in
the East Texas town of New London suddenly focused worldwide atten-
tion on the region, and Coward-McCann rushed the novel into print.
In 1942 Coward-McCann also published Baker's Star of the Wilderness, a
novel about Dr. James Grant's role in the early phases of the Texas Revolu-
tion. This second book became a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. "
Throughout the thirteen years of available correspondence between
Dorothy Scarborough and Karle Wilson Baker, the letters, though
sporadic, are the informal, humorous, optimistic exchanges of two
comrades-in-arms climbing toward the common goals of literary fame and
fortune. Scarborough, unencumbered by domestic responsibilities, made
more rapid progress. But she never exhibited anything other than an
egalitarian spirit toward Baker, and she always paused to offer words of
encouragement to her struggling friend. Had Scarborough lived longer,
she would have seen Baker rise, triumphant, on her own high hill. And
together they could have surveyed the long climb with exultation.
'Bakci to Scarborough, Sept 10, 1932, KWB Baker's first novel, "White Elephant,"
was never published. She worked on a juvenile and some novelettes prior to these
"Scarborough to Baker, Oct. 17, 1932, ibid
" Book-of-the-Month Club News, May, 1942, p 6
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