Dramatist in America: Letters of Maxwell Anderson, 1912-1958

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you had your reasons. Perhaps it's better in the long run to fail with a character study than succeed with a melodrama. I expect more from you than from any other playwright I know. The world is all before you where to choose. 3

Sincerely, Maxwell Anderson

1.
In a letter to the drama editor Howard had called What Price Glory the finest play of the past season and Outside Looking In the finest of the present one, adding that it was "as salty and as real" as What Price Glory and "as poetic and profound" as Anderson poetry ( New York Herald Tribune, November 8, 1915, sec. 5, p. 1, col. 3). The same page noted the closing of Howard's play Lucky Sam McCarver.
2.
Stella Hanau was press representative for the Macgowan-O'Neill-Jones Experimental Theater, which produced Outside Looking In at the Greenwich Village Theater.
3.
Paradise Lost, XII, 646.

24. TO SIDNEY HOWARD

New City
November 18, 1925

Dear Sidney Howard-- 1

I thought probably you'd been pumped a bit and I was sorry to have you bothered. It does me a world of good to know you like my stuff but I wish there were no such thing as publicity, or at least that I were the kind of person who never needed it. But even if you didn't need it they'd plaster it on you nowadays, I suppose.

When I'm next in town I'll surely try to get hold of you.

Sincerely Maxwell Anderson

1.
Responding to no. 23, Howard said that he had been asked to make a statement about Outside Looking In but that his remarks were sincere.

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