New York: October 6, 1948.. 1948.. Very good. - 119 words typed on a sheet of New York Star letterhead, 10-1/2 inches high by 7-1/4 inches high. Signed "Max". There is light creasing to the letterhead at top right with a light paper-clip mark to the top edge. Folded twice for mailing. Together with 2 pages of Harold Rugg's scribbled ink notes on possible speakers for his lecture series. The letter is in very good condition.
Max Lerner, after regretting that he is unable to accept an invitation to speak in Harold Rugg's lecture series, writes: "By the way, have I told you how much I enjoyed your book? I liked your discussion of Veblen so well that I put it into the bibliography of my Portable Veblen....".
Max Lerner [1902-1992] was an American journalist and educator known for his controversial syndicated column in the New York Post. The column, which debuted in 1949, earned him a place on Nixon's enemies list. His most influential book was "America as a Civilization: Life and Thought in the United States Today" .
One of the most [significant educators during the Progressive era of education, Harold Rugg [1886-1960] was a professor of education at Teachers College of Columbia University. A Civil Engineer, he had become interested in how students learn and pursued a doctorate in education. He was responsible for producing the very first series of school textbooks from 1929 until the 1940s. The second page of Rugg's notes on possible lecturers lists "Labor Speakers", including the editor of "Labor and Nation" and trade union officials.