have thought the matter over, I'd be very glad to hear from you as to
what plan you think is feasible.
Lyons, president of A&S Lyons, a talent agency in Hollywood, was also
associated with David Loew in Producing Artists, Inc., a company for producing
148. TO S. N. BEHRMAN
August 1, 1946
I miss you. Nothing reconciles me to losing you from the
company except the news from Lawrence that you have finished one
play and started another. If resigning has that effect on you you
should do it often.
And I keep in touch with you by way of the New Yorker. You
might try reading Hamlet with the S.p. in mind. Or King Lear. Or Othello. Or Paradise Lost--to say nothing of Genesis. A whole
literature has been lost here somewhere.
Anyway--though in this theatre a man sees the folks he's
working with, and no others usually--I hope to see you
Behrman had a letter in the current New Yorker ridiculing Edmund Wilson, who
asserted in a review of Oscar Wilde ( New Yorker, June 29, 1946, pp. 69-77) that Wilde's fiction must be read with the author's syphilis in mind. For syphilis Wilson used
the term Spirochaeta pallida; and in his letter Behrman took up the term, using initials,
and mocked Wilson's contention for its arbitrariness by interpreting a Wilde fairy tale
in terms of S. p. ( New Yorker, August 3, 1946, pp. 63-65). Earlier in the year Behrman
had resigned from the Playwrights' Company and resumed his association with Lawrence Langner and the Theatre Guild, a loss that Anderson felt deeply.
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Book title: Dramatist in America:Letters of Maxwell Anderson, 1912-1958.
Contributors: Laurence G. Avery - Editor, Maxwell Anderson - Author.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press.
Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC.
Publication year: 1977.
Page number: 206.
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