Monro had not responded to no. 13 ( July 26, 1920) until November 12. In the
response he listed the Anderson poems he wanted to publish in the Chapbook, including
the epigrams, and apologized for being "one of the very slow and deliberate people of
this world" (for the response, see no. 13, n. 2.).
The Globe, on which
Hill worked at the time, shows no poetry
column through January, 1921, when Anderson left the paper.
The Measure: A Journal of Poetry, the first number of which appeared in March,
1921, was started by
Hill and several others, including
George O'Neil. Anderson was the journal's first editor.
15. TO RIDGELY TORRENCE
[ New York City]
January 24, 1921
Dear Ridgely Torrence--
I'm enclosing a very slight little poem, hoping it will find favor for
the New Republic. And hoping also you will be able to let the Measure
have something soon.
Thank you for your interest, and the subscription. We are going
to have a passing fair first number.
2 Would you mind telling me how
you value Aiken? I like him immensely--but I fear I must be biased.
Did you read the Portrait of One Dead?
Torrence ( 1875- 1950), poet and playwright, was long the poetry editor of the New Republic ( 1920- 1934). He had taken a subscription to the Measure, and with the
present letter Anderson sent him "St. Agnes' Morning," a poem
Torrence ran in New
Republic 26 ( March 16, 1921): 74.
In the first number of the Measure, which appeared in March, 1921, Anderson
had poems by Conrad Aiken, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens. Others represented
were Padraic Colum, Frank E. Hill, Alfred Kreymborg, and Amy Murray.
In a review of Aiken poetry Anderson called "The Portrait of One Dead," from The House of Dust: A Symphony ( 1920), "one of the most poignant lyrics ever written"
( "Conrad Aiken and the Minor Mode," Measure 3 [ May, 1921]: 25-26). Aiken was Anderson's favorite among modern poets, and the enthusiasm was lasting (see nos. 14
and 198). It is especially clear in the Measure during Anderson's editorship (March,
April, and May, 1921). He included an Aiken poem in the first number ( "The Milestone," pp. 5-6) and made the third an Aiken number by running a long portion of "The
Pilgrimage of Festus" (pp. 8-16) and devoting the review essay to Aiken (cited above).
It was Aiken's artistry that most impressed Anderson, and in a later review he said that " Conrad Aiken has gone more deliberately to work to make himself a poet than
anybody else who has been published in the United States, not even excepting Poe"
( "Word-Craft," Measure 18 [ August, 1922]: 16).
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Book title: Dramatist in America:Letters of Maxwell Anderson, 1912-1958.
Contributors: Laurence G. Avery - Editor, Maxwell Anderson - Author.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press.
Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC.
Publication year: 1977.
Page number: 18.
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