47 Glencairn Ave.
Toronto 12, Ont.
Nov. 8 [1955]

Dear old Earle:

Your Down the Long Table is a gorgeous bit of autobiographical analysis. Vi and I are reading it now. Your poetry, and Turvey and this put you in the driver's seat in Canada as far as variety of gifts are concerned. And you got a grand road ahead of you yet.

How you managed to concoct those names of the inquisitors is a triumph – Reksky, Arnup, Sather, Dirty Dirkin and countless others probably had their prototypes.

I anticipate great sales for this book.

Here is a story for Esther. Hand it on to her.

Affectionately
Ned.

Am sending the Star review of your book.


Down the Long Table
Birney's second novel, just published by McClelland & Stewart.

story for Esther
See the letter to Esther Birney, 8 November 1955.