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

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Capital of Sierra Leone.
Fletcher Martin (b. 1904), painter and book illustrator, had been in North Africa as war art correspondent far Life magazine, and an exhibition of his work opened at the Midtown Galleries in December, 1943. "Henry" was presumably Anderson's friend and neighbor, the artist Henry Varnum Poor ( 1888- 1970), who had designed Anderson's home on South Mountain Road and also illustrated High Tor when it was published. No record has come to light of his association with Life. Anthony J. Drexel Biddle ( 1896- 1961) had been U.S. Ambassador to Poland in 1939, then ambassador to the French government in exile from 1940 to 1944.


[ Casablanca] June 13, [1943]


I'm writing this short note to mail from N. Africa just in case my long letter should happen to be lost. Of course I expect to get home, but if I shouldn't and no record was saved you'd like to know who my friends were in this theatre and what I did here.

For ten days I lived in the same room with James Cook--a wonderful fellow--I'm very glad I met him. Then in another city I've met two of his colleagues, James Woodhouse and Abraham Kaplin. They've been very kind to me. 1st Sgt. Peter Hromchak, Sgt. Simeon Snider, and Lt. Chester Schlanger were all good friends to me in this region. 1 Their addresses are

Mr. James Cook

War Shipping Administration

A.P.O. 512, c/o Postmaster, N.Y., N.Y.

James Woodhouse, Navy 216--N.Y., N.Y.

Abe Kaplin, Navy 216, N.Y., N.Y.

1st Sgt. Peter Hromchak

296th Signal Installation Co., A.P.O. 512., N.Y., N.Y.

Sgt. Simeon Snider, same address.

Lt. Chester Schlanger

A.P.O. 512, N.Y., N.Y.

I could give other names, but that should be enough. I've been most fortunate in friends wherever I've gone here.


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