Hall to McNair: April 11, 1984

Letter from Hall to McNair, April 11, 1984, Page 1, Colby College Special Collections

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11 April 1984

Wes McNair
Box 43
North Sutton, NH 03260

Dear Wes,

Got back from a Florida trip to find your two
letters. This will be typed while I am down in Arkansas,
then Pennsylvania on the way back. And I think that
Jane will be up in New London Hospital in the meantime.
[Written in margin: She spent a week there;
home now and doing better].
She has been having trouble with her medications,
and with the complexities of getting the right dose
of medications. It is kind of awful right now, and she
feels rotten, and therefore I feel rotten… But I do
really know that she will be all right. I would be
delighted to talk with you about writing classes.
For the most part, I taught elitist writing classes,
with students like Jane Kenyon… But I did some other
stuff too.

I must live some more with this old version.
I don’t think I really believe it! That you believe
it so strongly is most moving to me…

My notion is that when I said that I was asking
for my father’s forgiveness, that it was sort of a
misdirection, and rather a grand stand gesture.

Thanks for the further words on Another Elegy.


I know about Kathleen Anderson at Norton.
She turned Jane down; but she took Ellen Voigt.
I think she is excellent, though she can make a
mistake from time to time. I think it would be
wonderful to be published by Norton!

Love as ever,