Excerpts from Famous Love Letters: Kenneth Fearing


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Famous Love Letters: Kenneth Fearing

Kenneth Fearing: born July 28, 1902 – and died June 26, 1961.  He was an American novelist, poet and founding editor of the Partisan Review. Macha Rosenthal, literary critic said he was “the chief poet of the American Depression”.

Between the years of 1923-1928, Fearing had a romantic relationship with fellow writer Margery Latimer. In 1931, he met his future bride Rachel Meltzer. They were married on April 26, 1933. Their only child, poet Bruce Fearing, was born on July 19, 1935. Their marriage ended in 1942, largely due to Fearing’s growing alcoholic tendencies. They were granted a divorce in 1943. Kenneth married artist Nan Lurie on June 18, 1945. However, they separated in 1952.

In the 1920s and 1930s, he published regularly in The New Yorker and helped found The Partisan Review, while also working as an editor, journalist, and speechwriter and turning out a good deal of pulp fiction. Some of Fearing’s pulp fiction was soft-core pornography, often published under the pseudonym Kirk Wolff.

Herewith; some quotes!

Come back.

Because tonight you are in my hair and eyes,

And every street light that our taxi passes shows me you again, still you,

And because tonight all other nights are black, all other hours are cold and far away, and now, this minute, the stars are very near and bright

Come back. We will have a celebration to end all celebrations.

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