Bromfield, Louis - 1943 TLS - Bogart / Bacall Best Man - Uncredited "Dracula" Screewriter
7 1/4 x 10 1/2 - 1943 typed letter signed, on his Malabar Farms letterhead. Mailing folds and wrinkling with a couple edge tears.
Louis Bromfield (December 27, 1896 – March 18, 1956) Best-selling author of the 1920s – 1950’s. In 1926 He won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel “Early Autumn.” While living in Paris in the 1920's he was associated with Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway.
Was an uncredited writer on the screenplay for the film release of Dracula 1931.
In December 1938, Bromfield purchased 600 acres of worn-out farmland near the town of Lucas in Pleasant Valley, Richland County, Ohio. He built a 19-room Greek Revival-style farmhouse that he dubbed the Big House.
Using expertise and labor from New Deal agencies like the Soil Conservation Service and Civilian Conservation Corps, Bromfield rehabilitated his land and, in the process, learned the principles of soil conservation.
He later turned Malabar into a showcase for what he called the “New Agriculture.”
Bromfield established Malabar's national reputation in 1945 by hosting the wedding of his good friend Humphrey Bogart to Lauren Bacall. Bromfield served as best man.
Malabar was often visited by celebrities, including Kay Francis, Joan Fontaine, Ina Claire, Mayo Methot and James Cagney.