Luck chain letter (published). "Luck by mail" fragment. Pasternak comments from USSR.  US, 1959.

Good Luck Prayer

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart in all ways, and acknowledge His presence, and He will direct thy path.

This prayer has been sent to you for good luck. The one who breaks it will have bad luck.

Send this letter and four others within twenty-five hours to people whom you wish good luck. The letter said no money was involved. " Insert your name at the bottom of the list and remove the top name."


New York Times, April 11, 1959 (page 14, col. 2). A housewife, Mrs. Roth, sent Boris Pasternak a chain letter that she received on March 13 (Friday the thirteenth). He returned the letter with a brief comment: "It is not the habit in the USSR to make circulate such sendings, but I won't break the chain and so I return immediately the text of the Prayer to you to forward it in other directions." Pasternak added his name to the bottom of the list and crossed out the top name. Mrs. Roth sent other copies to her 14 year old niece and three celebrities.


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