Letter 039, pg. 2


I know also that the mere fact of my trying to say it to you is presumptuous, since you have heard all this before, and more of it, and you must be very tired of hearing it. That I have wanted so much to say it, for such a long time, and it means so much to me, that I am saying (1) even taking the chance that you will not understand it as I mean it or (2) understanding it, will not care. I cannot expect you to care. But I do know that if, at the height of my own career, I could find one person to whom my work meant as much as yours does to me, I would like to know it.

I cannot tell you here all that I think of “It Can’t Happen Here.”