Old Saybrook, Connecticut. April 10, 1959. 1 page. 4to. Holmes writes to apologize for not coming up with the material he promised to send for the play that he and Garen were writing together, an adaptation of Holmes' jazz novel The Horn for the stage (in part): "I've [sic] having a real bitch of a bad time on a certain section of the novel (the new one), and simply haven't been able to lift my aching head from it all during the past week. Once I can get this particular section licked, I think I'll be able to change hats from book to play without the terrible jolt that it's costing me now. In any case I hope so." Holmes closes saying "Shirley sends love, as do I. John." Leo Garen was a friend of Holmes, a playwright, and a prominent director of theater, film, and television. A vintage early letter from the height of the Beat scene. Some irregular toning to the letter that has been folded for mailing, the original envelope is present but roughly opened at one end.