From the greater body of materials assembled for the eventual L. Ron Hubbards biography and that augmentative biographical project, the Ron Series, comes an extensive collection of LRH correspondence and journals. All told, this collection constitutes a remarkable find, providing much detail and color to a most remarkable life. Given these papers span the whole of that life – from the earliest steps of Ron’s journey to his ultimate triumph – this issue marks yet another in a new series of supplemental Ron publications, Ron: Letters and Journals. As the term “supplemental” implies, Letters and Journals are intended to be read in conjunction with the Ron Series. For in providing extracts of materials from which the Ron Series is derived, readers receive both a feel of the time and a sense of Ron’s voice through the various phases of his life discussed in that series.

      True, what is presented here represents but a fraction of the material from which the Ron Series is distilled. Indeed, beneath the Ron Series proper and the LRH biography stand more than a hundred-thousand pages of LRH letters, journals and diaries. Yet given the insight even a small selection of these materials offer, Letters and Journals become invaluable. For example, much has been previously said regarding Ron’s role in the shaping of popular American literature through the 1930s, with such immediately memorable tales as Buckskin Brigades, Death’s Deputy and Final Blackout – well, here is the to-and-from with editors of those tales and correspondence with colleagues while pondering plots and characterization.

      With an eye to providing that same sense of the moment, Letters and Journals have presented correspondence from Ron’s early years of adventure, the founding of Dianetics and critical notes from his road to research.

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