on the other. I shall vote for Eisenhower again, and continue generally
Republican. Moreover, I couldn't vote for Bill, even if I wanted to
change parties, for I no longer live in Rockland County, and my vote
will be cast in Connecticut. Bill, of course, knows this, though Emma
Harrison (your correspondent) did not. I hope she was better
informed in other details of her story.
Yours, Maxwell Anderson
In 1956 Bill Mauldin, World War II cartoonist ( Up Front, 1945), ran
unsuccessfully as the Democratic candidate for Congress in New York's 28th
Congressional District, which included New City, and New York Times correspondent Emma Harrison reported on the race in an article that listed Anderson among Mauldin's New City supporters ( "Mrs. St. George and Bill Mauldin Offer Contrast in
28th," New York Times, October 18, 1956, p. 26, cols. 1-2).
The Times acknowledged its error, October 23, 1956, p. 22, col. 5.
208. TO JOHN F. WHARTON
141 Downes Avenue Stamford, Connecticut April 21, 1957
Congratulations on your new partner. And thanks sincerely for
your letter which helps me make up my mind about the play. What I
was trying to do was to telescope the beginnings of the Roman Empire
into a mystery-history, but it was evidently an impossible task, for it
doesn't sell itself any way, any where, and probably should be used as
fill in some thruway project.
I'm thinking of another one now--they're fun to write whether or
not they go on.
Members of the Playwrights' Company had read The Golden Six, which focuses
on the Roman Emperor Claudius ( 19 B.C.--A.D. 54). Wharton, remembering earlier
plagiarism suits, had asked whether the play was indebted to Robert Graves's historical
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: 285.
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