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

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cling to my determination to stick with it till I've really soaked in enough of the war and this atmosphere so that I'll be able to report on both. I know that if I took a plane this week and landed at New City --I'd be so happy I wouldn't care about anything else. But later I'd be sorry. I keep remembering that I was like a fish out of water at Fort Bragg--yet that was an invaluable week I spent there. 9 And this has already been immensely valuable. Those poor lads at the flying stations, how lonesome they get for their girls and homes! But they love flying. And the things they do are simply magnificent. I've heard enough tales of heroism, told quite casually and unemotionally, to last the theatre for years.

I'll be seeing Gabby tomorrow about that picture and you'll probably get a cable one way or another soon.

All my love, darling, Max

1.
Cripps ( 1889-1952), prominent in British governments before and after the war and early in the war ambassador to the U.S.S.R. ( 1940-42), was at the time Minister of Aircraft Production ( 1941-45).
2.
Nancy, wife of Anderson's son Alan, who was in the army on assignment in Hollywood to make war documentaries. Their son, Alan, Jr. (b. February 22, 1943), was not quite three months old at the time. Nancy and the child lived on South Mountain Road, not far from Anderson's home.
3.
Jonathan Cape ( 1879-1960), founder and head of the English publishing firm Jonathan Cape Ltd.
4.
Carl Gustav Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul ( New York, 1934).
5.
Hesper (b. August 10, 1934) was nearly nine.
6.
Anderson's son Terence was in the army stationed at Goldsboro, N.C.
7.
Noel Coward Present Laughter had opened at the Haymarket Theatre in London on April 29, 1943. Shaw Heartbreak House (written 1913-16, first produced 1920) in its present production had Deborah Kerr (b. 1921) in the role of Ellie Dunn. For A Month in the Country, see no. 120, n. 2.
8.
What Every Woman Knows, James M. Barrie play, was first produced in 1908. John Drinkwater Abraham Lincoln had been produced first in 1918. And Watch on the Rhine, Lillian Hellman play, was still running in its original production, which began in 1941. Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind ( 1936) had its first motion- picture adaptation in 1939. For Flare Path, see no. 118, n. 5.
9.
In February, 1942, Anderson had spent a week at Fort Bragg, N.C., and then visited other military bases in preparation for writing The Eve of St. Mark.

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