Barth, John, Hills, L. Rust, recipient., and Burden, Carter, former owner.
1970 07 10
Typing a letter on the verso of the questionnaire; thanking him for writing to several of his students; saying he as apt to overrate work submitted by his students as "underrate the receptiveness of commercial magazines to truly contemporary material...I believe one had as well publish 2nd-rate but truly contemporary material as 2nd-rate dated material - especially considering the marginal status of fiction in contemporary periodicals;" replying, on the recto, to the questionnaire; saying he is working now on a "book-length lie involving, perhaps Perseus, Bellerophon, Napoleon, Mme. de Stael, Jean Lafitte, Oliver Hazard Perry, President & Mrs. Madison, John Barth, now and others...I hope to be able to finish the book. But I may not write it;" replying to what he has in mind for his next project "By reviewing where I've been I'll reckon where I am and so determine where to go;" in reply to whether he has a long-range plan for himself and would outline it, he replies "Yes. No;" and lastly, when asked he if has an excerpt from a work in progress that we might publish, "As to the first, yes; as to the second, Rust, that's not for me to say."