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THE FIRST OF ITS KIND
A Truly Egotistical I COMMERCIAL Dear Friend (?): I'll be as frank and as honest with you as I'm capable of being; in so doing, I must confess I've no idea as to why anyone would want what I have to offer in this writing. What I want to mention is the fact that in June, 1960, (July, or sometime) THE MAGNOLIA JUNGLE will be published by Si mon and Schuster, Inc. I wish I could, in complete sincerity and honesty, soy to you it's a great book, even a good book. The simple fact is, I don't know. Also, I wish I could, in twenty-five words or less, tell you what THE MAGNOLIA JUNGLE is about; I can only say it's something of an off-beat autobiography — well, of sorts, anyway. At the risk of exposing a terrible ego, let me quote three or four men who've read the manuscript. MAXWELL GEISMAR, the distinguished literary critic: (Writers In Crisis, American Moderns, etc.): I have read with interest and admiration ... P. D. East's book, THE MAGNOLIA JUNGLE. It is a fascinating document... one of the most original scripts, both in content and style, that I've seen in some time.... I laughed at the comedy that runs through the book — and the self-comedy. But there is something else: a poignant and touching strain in the narrative as a whole; a great sense of human dignity. P. D. East is a "funny man", yes, indeed, and is a native kind of satirist whom Mark Twain would have welcomed. JOHN HOWARD GRIFFIN, the novelist whom critics have called "the best of the young American writers": (The Devil Rides Outside, Nuni, etc.): In THE MAGNOLIA JUNGLE P. D. East's frankness and masterful satire make profound the hell of man's inhumanity to man — a hell in which he has deeply involved himself. This hideous and great and impassioned book, the autobiography of a southern editor, reads like a novel by Dostoyevsky. RALPH McGILL, Pulitzer Prize winning editor of The Atlanta Constitution; (The Fleas Come With The Dog, A Church, A I School!: P. D. East's MAGNOLIA JUNGLE is the most honest autobiography I have ever read. Here is the story of a man in search of himself in what he has chosen to call The Magnolia Jungle. This, the jungle, is the Mississippi he knew. It is not a story of the enclaves of Natchez or Vicksburg, or the rich Delta which areas are, after all, but a small part of the state. This is written out of the vast timber lands ... the sawmill camps. Every man finds himself painfully, if he does so at all. P. D. is, in 1960, a legend, a small candle casting a large light in the darkness of "Our Jungle Gem" eastland's jungle ... and he didn't really set out t® be that candle. But there was something in him, inexplicable and urgent, which made him so. This isn't, thank God, just another book about the South ... it is a very real book which sweats, weeps, sorrows, laughs, and rejoices. All human documents are valuable. This is a magnificent one. JOSEPH BARNES, Distinguished Journalist, and Senior editor of Simon and Schuster: (Willkie — A Biography) Ugh! Gads! Now, Friend (?), here's the pitch: If you'll place your order NOW, I'll send a first edition copy, inscribed to you. THE MAG NOLIA JUNGLE will sell for $3.95, plus 30c for postage and pro-fiteering by the author. Fill in the coupon and return with your check. Also, if you wish to send an inscribed, first edition copy to a friend, please list his name and address on a separate (but equal) sheet of paper. Cordially and commercially, P. D. EAST NOTE: This offer open only to subscribers of this Paper — and anyone else who has $4.25. Somewhat exclusive, isn't it. P. D. East Box 349 yyf||Y Hattiesburg, Mississippi |T*C Herewith is my check in the amount of $.(postage and your ||AV profiteering included) in payment of . .copy (copies) of THE MAG- /\NI V Nil I NOLIA JUNGLE, to be inscribed and mailed when released by Simon and if | Schuster, Inc. BUY? - MONEY! CITY . .