Last updated on March 20, 2021
Photo: Grumman Goose over water
Presumed owner of aircraft: Richard Bach
Rejection Letter: Upon opening the acrylic photo frame of this Grumman Goose photo shown below, a rejection letter from Readers Digest was discovered carefully hidden in the back of the frame.
It is dated November 30th 1976, and advises ‘Eleanor’ that Readers Digest would not be interested in publishing Richard Bach’s book “Illusions”.
The book was subsequently published the following year, 1977, by Dell Books, and went on to sell over 15 million copies.
We believe that the Eleanor addressed in this letter was Eleanor Friede, a book editor at Macmillan book publishing, who in 1969 recommended Richard Bach’s book “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” to her senior editors for publication.
You can read more about Eleanor Friede and her involvement with Richard Bach’s books, here –
The purchaser of this item will receive both the letter and the framed photo in which it was hidden.
Condition of Print: Very faded
Condition of the Letter: Very good.
Acrylic Box Frame & Print Size: 8” x 10”