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1 Brotherson, Robert . T.l.s. signed by Brotherson on the letterhead of Number, A Quarterly of Modern Poetry, dated 1954.
Berkeley: Fine condition 
A subscription renewal letter to Mary Greenfield of San Francisco, with stamped 3x5 renewal card stapled to the back. Normal fold creases. With printed return envelope.

Brotherson, signing as co-editor, makes a full throated, full page pitch for renewal, announcing that after a year and a half of preparation, Number is going back on a quarterly basis. "This original schedule was discontinued because our standards of quality are so high we were forced to let publication schedules wait on the accumulation of enough good material to make up a magazine. BUT THIS POLICY HAS PAID OFF." Brotherson, along with editor Don Wobber and others, had in the 1950's become part of the 'Activist' school of poets originating out of the seminar classes taught by Lawrence Hart in 1937, with early participants Rosalie Moore, Robert Horan, Jeanne McGahey. Number was the magazine devoted to publishing their work. The letter evinces pride in having lasted beyond the usual expectations for a "little magazine", lays out new plans for features, etc., and ends confident that Number is "at last is becoming a major force in contemporary poetry." Publication ended in 1955, and by the end of the decade the activists had been largely eclipsed by the Beats.. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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