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I THE FIRST OF ITS KIND
I A Truly Egotistical 1 COMMERCIAL H ; 4 t . ■ .... .. «.. 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 tact that THE MAGNOLIA JUNGLE has been published by Simon and Schuster, Inc I wish | I could, in complete sincerity and honesty, say to you it's a great book, even a good book. The simple fact is, I don't know. Also, I 1 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 read the f 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 Doth 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 i\ 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 1 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. The 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): • 1 pjj ^ I I P* D. Easts MAGNOLIA JUNGLE is the most honest autobiography I have ever read. Here is the story of a man in search of I I 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 t 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 ;he vast timber lands ... the sawmill camps. Every man finds himself painfully, if he does so at all. i P. D. is, in legend, in 1960, a small candle casting a large light in the darkness of "Our Jungle Gem" eastland's jungle ... and he didn't I really set out to 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. I 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 sells for $3.95, plus 30c for postage and profiteering by the author. Fill in the coupon and return with your check I Also, if you wish to send an inscribed, first edition copy of a friend, please list his name and address on a separate (but equal) sheet of paper. m 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. WHY I it'c Hattiesburg, Mississippi * ■ A| Herewith is my check in the amount of $_(postage and your - m m Mil I profiteering included) in payment of_copy (copies) of THE MAGNO- (ft Ml W ■ LI A JUNGLE, to be inscribed and mailed. \^l wL I NAME__ BUY? |rr— | MONEY!