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

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I hope this won't seem an ungracious rejoinder after so sincere an invitation. At any rate I am telling the exact truth and my regrets are also sincere.

Yours,

1.
Chalmers ( 1904-56), president of Kenyon College from 1937 until his death, had heard Anderson read "The Essence of Tragedy" at the 1938 meeting of the Modern Language Association and had invited him to speak at Kenyon's upcoming commencement.

99. TO VAN WYCK BROOKS

New City
April 21, 1941

Dear Brother Van Wyck: 1

(At least is science, philosophy and religion, and sometimes literature and the arts)

I shall come to the luncheon. I won't understand what's said. I have a philosopher son who teaches at Columbia2 and I can't follow him when he begins on Aquinas but I should like to see you and the others again.

Sincerely Maxwell Anderson

1.
In September, 1941, the second annual Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion was to be held at Columbia University. Louis Finkelstein, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, organized the conference (see no. 101), and he along with Brooks, Anderson, and Lewis Mumford were planning the part of the program devoted to literature and the arts.
2.
Quentin, a member of the English department at Columbia.

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