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Shaun Usher's 'Letters of Note:' Read David Bowie's response to the first fan letter he ever received

The note is an excerpt from Shaun Usher’s ‘Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence, Volume 2’

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Dip into Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence, Volume 2, Shaun Usher’s fabulous collection of correspondence out Oct. 11, and you’ll find a love note from Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor, a mash letter Bram Stoker sent Walt Whitman, a missive Ayn Rand mailed to the editor of Cat Fancy magazine, and this remarkable response from David Bowie to an American fan. EW is excited to debut excerpt below.

In 1967, when he received his first American fan letter—from Sandra Dodd, a 14-year-old New Mexico resident—the then-20-year-old Bowie was so excited that he grabbed a piece of stationery from his manager, Kenneth Pitt, and promptly typed up this sweet reply