My book of poems is coming out in the spring.6 I'll send it when
Goodluck, and let me hear from you both--
During the winter of 1924-25 Lela and Dan moved from Waukesha, Wisconsin,
to Hinsdale, New York, where with Anderson's help they were buying a farm.
Probably Outside Looking In.
Anderson's brother and son.
Beth ( Dorothy Elizabeth), Anderson's sister. Richburg, town in southwestern New York near which Anderson had bought a farm where his father and mother lived in
20. TO ALEXANDER WOOLLCOTT
171 West 12
[ New York City]
Speaking as one more heard of as speaking than heard speaking I
wish to say that the worst of being quoted is that one is occasionally
3 Broun was indeed wrong about Processional; you
were indeed wrong about Bird. However I do not disown you. I cling
to a faith, perhaps tenuous, that though you are sometimes mistaken
about actors you are infallible in regard to plays.
Probably earlier in 1925 than October, when Anderson stopped using the West
12th Street address.
In their reviews Broun and Woollcott had differed about John Howard Lawson Processional and Richard Bird portrayal of Marchbanks in
Shaw Candida. Broun
thought that Bird's poor performance ruined the current production of Shaw's great
play ( World, December 13, 1924, p. 11, col. 3) and that Processional, though
artistically rough, had the markings of the great American play ( World, January 13, 1925, p. 9, col. 4). Woollcott, on the other hand, thought that Bird had perfectly
realized his role ( Evening Sun, December 13, 1924, p. 7, cols. 1-2) and that Processional was pretentious and boring ( Evening Sun, January 13, 1925, p. 24, cols.
1-2). The controversy over the two matters enlivened their columns through the entire
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
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: 22.
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