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

By Laurence G. Avery; Maxwell Anderson | Go to book overview
1.
With the present letter Anderson included the following statement, which became an insert in the programs for Key Largo:

PLEASE

Probably the worst enemy of the New York theatre is the cougher in the audience. New York has the most courteous and attentive audiences in the world and a majority at every performance give the play every possible chance, but there are nearly always a few who make no secret of their bronchial afflictions. This is both thoughtless and discourteous, and can be a great detriment even to a good play.

According to medical opinion a cough is controllable. It follows that if those who suffer from colds or throat irritation will only provide themselves with cough drops and a little will power, we can all be more sanguine about theatrical futures on Manhattan.

THE PLAYWRIGHTS' COMPANY

2.
William F. McDermott, columnist and drama critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, developed the point that Key Largo "will almost certainly be a success and, more important, it will deserve success" because of its effective treatment of a noble theme, the "struggle for an ideal that will give life meaning" ( Plain Dealer, November 7, 1939, p. 6, cols. 1-3).

88. TO QUENTIN ANDERSON 1

[ 1939] 2

Dear Quentin--

The question is bound up with the perpetual insoluble problem of mankind--how to set up necessary governments without delegating more power than any man, or set of men, can be trusted to use without encroaching on our equally necessary individual liberties. It's because I believe the problem insoluble that I hold out for compromises and temporary arrangements, such as the system of checks and balances within the government and the balance of power between government and independent business enterprises. Any authority which obtains complete control over our economic life will have absolute power, and will use it as absolute power has always been used in the past. Such control might be attained by the great corporations if the government's power were allowed to dwindle too far. But if the government, to curb the corporations, swallows our economic system, then the government has a monopoly of political and economic powers--and the result is such a slave state as the present Russia or Germany.

That's all--
Max

-97-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Dramatist in America: Letters of Maxwell Anderson, 1912-1958
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 368

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.