Rice had revised Ordeal By Fire, which in an earlier draft Anderson had liked
(see no. 196).
Rice did not produce or publish the play.
141 Downes Avenue Stamford, Connecticut April 27, 1956
Dear Miss Bagnold--
Douglas Moore forwarded a copy of your letter (to him) to me,
and I take pleasure in answering your question "Is it allowed to
I don't know whether or not it's allowed, but my wife and I had
such an enchanted time at "The Chalk Garden" that we couldn't think
of any other candidate for the award. When MacLeish2 asked me to
get together with Marc Connelly and Thornton Wilder to choose a
candidate your name and the delightful dialogue of the play came to
mind and nobody else was proposed.
It would be pleasant to meet you (your work I've known as long
as it's been known over here) but I understand your feeling about
flying. Instead of making a chore out of it, please take the time to
dream out another play, and put it on here. You're good for us.
Sincerely Maxwell Anderson
Miss Bagnold (b. 1889), English novelist ( Serena Blandish, 1924, adapted for
the stage by S. N. Behrman, 1929; National Velvet, 1935) and playwright, was
currently represented on Broadway by her play The Chalk Garden, which had opened for
a long run on October 26, 1955. For the play she was to receive an Award of Merit from
the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and concerning the award and whether she needed
to attend the ceremony she had written to Douglas Moore, composer, professor at Columbia, and member of the academy. Moore forwarded the letter to Anderson, who
had been on the committee that selected Miss Bagnold's play for the award.
Archibald MacLeish, at the time president of the academy ( 1953-56).
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: 281.
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