Letter to Mr. Fuller
Principal Mt. Hope High School
Dear Mr. Fuller:
I have been thinking about your project to write my life and I have to admit it depresses me very much. It is, I know, a perfectly idiotic depression, but unhappily it is just as real as it is idiotic.
I was really rather for it until you came down and we began talking about myself and then I found it was very unpleasant. I have always talked about other people's selves, and to talk so endlessly about myself is really awful.
Now of course I am not going to forbid you to write a life of me. In fact I have no earthly objection to it, but I don't want to be in on it. Many persons have written masters theses on my books and that has amused me. I thought helping you on the life would be rather like that, but I find it is not. Therefore, I hope it won't upset you too much to tell you I believe I will withdraw from your enterprise. I would do it if I could but everything in me cries out against such an endless dissertation on me.
I am sorry that I did not tell you sooner. I felt like this very strongly the day you called, but I hoped it would pass away. It did not however, and is just as obstinate as ever. Again telling you how sorry I am that I feel like this and how I regret giving you all this trouble for nothing, I am
Dec 15, 1938