Earth, by the way, is a garden of delights

A good luck gift from Marlon Brando prior to filming his first major role, as Superman no less, provoked the following letter of thanks from the late-Christopher Reeve in 1977. Of course, seasoned actor Brando was playing Jor-El, Superman’s father. Please excuse the quality of the scan. As always, a much needed transcript follows.


29th March, 1977

Dear Marlon,

Just to let you know that your wonderfully thoughtful gift passed safely through the time warp and arrived here ripe and ready and was deeply appreciated.

I have had surprises before but to have your blessing on the first day of this new adventure in my life is, without doubt, the best.

Earth, by the way, is a garden of delights – in case you wondered. I will do my best to follow your advice, dad, because you are the light. How come you know so much???