of mine since it came out--European Theories. It's the most valuable
book on the theatre I've ever found. I'd like very much to see you and
talk with you. I am starting on a short holiday in a few days but will
hope to find you when I get back.
I have no copy of First Flight. Stallings has one but he has gone
south for a few weeks. You could perhaps locate one at the Hopkins
office if you don't mind going round there. You could ask for Mr.
Harris and tell him you have my permission to look over whatever
manuscript of the play there is to be had.
Sincerely Maxwell Anderson
Clark ( 1890-1953), who was to write Maxwell Anderson: The Man and His
Plays ( 1933), had a varied career in support of the drama, including the editing of America's Lost Plays ( 20 vols., 1940-41) and European Theories of the Drawing ( 1918),
Anderson devoted a lengthy and favorable review in 1919 (see Chronology).
At present he was play reviewer for Drama and had asked Anderson for a script of First
Flight, which had opened and closed during the previous month.
Jed Harris was then an assistant to
Arthur Hopkins, who produced and directed First Flight.
Clark did not get a script of the play. In "Some New American Plays and a
Shaw Revival" [ Drama 16 ( November 1925): 51-53] he discussed Outside Looking In
as "the best play I have seen so far" and added about First Flight that it "winged its way
into the storehouse before the Hopkins office could inform me of the fact" (p. 52).
23. TO SIDNEY HOWARD*
[ November 8, 1925]
Dear Sidney Howard--
In today's Tribune I happened on a perhaps over-generous note
concerning What Price Glory and Outside Looking In and also on the
bad news that Lucky Sam closes Saturday. Of course I would fain
believe my stuff as good as you found it, though I don't quite, and I
want to thank you for giving such a hearty cheer. I only hope that
assiduous publicity woman at the Greenwich Village didn't hound you
2 Even so it's very good for my (shall I say) soul.
I'm sorry about the demise of McCarver. I did wish you'd put
more story into the later episodes, but other people have said that and
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: 24.
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