Gentlemen,

Eudora Welty

How do you think of cover letters? Do you think of them as an opportunity to let your personaliity shine through or as a chore you must painfully do as a first step to landing a job? I think Eudora Welty was both a bit different from most of us and applying to a job a bit different from most jobs. Here is the beginning of a cover letter she wrote to the New Yorker as discovered by the blog Letters of Note

March 15, 1933

Gentlemen,

I suppose you’d be more interested in even a sleight-o’-hand trick than you’d be in an application for a position with your magazine, but as usual you can’t have the thing you want most.

Read the rest of that delightful letter at Letters of Note. Hat tip to the Los Angeles Times for the post.

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