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4. Maine's writers - I also sent them a dozen photos of my Maine painting with a copy of that amazing Index of 20th Century American artists - with two pages and a half all about me. all the shows I had done - all that was even written about me, etc. I know the State Librarian received an official letter giving me full state recognition. I very much wanted this - and it came as a gesture on their part wholly which I like. There is only Waldo Peirce & myself as outstanding [[?]] painters from Maine and I really paint Maine & Waldo does not - poor Waldo - such a nice person but not a good artist - one of the best of the not so good ones - or he wouldn't be a failure [[?]] with [[Aid loin?]] fully in N.Y. would he? No, he wouldn't. I want to keep out of all that cheap stuff & be as much a mystery is possible - after all, what has our lives myself and you to do with all that. George Biddle has a book of his life out - So has John Sloan and Jerome Myers - imagine - Waldo is doing his life ordered by Scribner's - so it seems even artists have lives. It makes me feel like giving mine up. I have lived the life of a 30x40 [[just?]] a little while ago & you can imagine what sort of victory that is - Nothing gives me nerves like picture that looks uncertain - bad enough where they look certain - and I loathe it when all my paintings are half done as they are
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