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

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Sherwood had urged Anderson to reconsider his decision to resign from the Playwrights' Company (no. 178), counseling that Anderson's depression over the failure of Barefoot in Athens was only temporary and citing his own record during the war years as evidence that one could be temporarily inactive as a playwright and still remain a member of the company.
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Rice too had urged Anderson not to resign, and an autograph note at the top of the present letter reads: "Dear Elmer--I've written a note to Bob which really answers your note, too, so I send you this copy--Max"

180. TO JACKSON TOBY 1

[ New City] November 30, 1951

Dear Dr. Toby:

Of course I shared that indignant reaction to a certain extent--at least for a while. However, one can't remain indignant for long at a time without losing perspective, and so I'm thinking of starting something else.

When you ask that the city be given another chance to see the play I can only answer in economic terms. The play cost $70,000--all of which was lost. I don't think we could find another set of investors to put up a second $70,000 to try again with a play which has once been damned and killed. So it will have to remain where it is, between covers.

Sincerely, Maxwell Anderson

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Toby, in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University, had written to Anderson saying that he thought Barefoot in Athens a fine play and that he was indignant at the critics for their attacks on it. He thought the critics were not widely representative and urged Anderson to have the play produced again.

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