published, and could easily have come to Hackett's attention. It seems
very likely that he took this essential act from "Mary of Scotland,"
though the plagiarism must have been unconscious, for the similarity
would be too obvious to pass the most casual inspection. It appears to
me that, in his own confession, Mr. Hackett has lifted a pivotal,
original and effective scene from my early work. He points to his last
act as his best. And this theft may be the reason for its excellence.
Wharton was defending Anderson in a plagiarism suit brought by Francis
Hackett on May 17, 1949. Hackett, associated with Anderson on the World in the early
twenties, claimed that Anderson's current play Anne of the Thousand Days plagiarized
three of his own works: a biography, Henry the Eighth ( 1929); a novel, Queen Anne
Boleyn ( 1939); and a play, Anne Boleyn, completed in 1942 but not produced or
Broadway actor and director. H. C. Potter replaced Windust as director of Anne
of the Thousand Days before the play came to New York.
Three of the collaborations were with Laurence Stallings: What Price Glory
( 1924), First Flight ( 1925), and The Buccaneer ( 1925). The fourth was with Harold Hickerson
on Gods of the Lightning ( 1928).
Beggars of Life ( 1924).
Martin Andrew Sharp Hume ( 1847-1910), The Wives of Henry the Eighth, and
the Parts they Played in History (n.d.)
The three biographies noted in the 1946 diary are: Frederick S. Boas, Christopher Marlowe: A Biographical and Critical Study ( 1940); Leslie Hotson, The
Death of Christopher Marlowe ( 1925) (the book reread); and Charles Norman, The
Muses' Darling ( 1946).
The Pictorial History of England was also published in America ( 4 vols., 1846).
In the American edition vol. 2, book 6, covers the period of Marlowe's life.
From April 23 until August 9, 1947, Anderson was in California at work on the
script of Joan of Arc.
Bullen is given as an alternate spelling for Boleyn in the Knight (that is, the Craik
and MacFarlane) Pictorial History of England.
Margaret E. Irwin, Young Bess ( 1945).
Milton Waldman, Elizabeth and Leicester ( 1945).
Love Life, book and lyrics by
Alan Jay Lerner, music by Weill, produced October 8, 1948.
The countersuit suggested here was brought by Anderson against Hackett on May 20, 1949, though for libel rather than plagiarism.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
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: 238.
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