Clyde Fitch and His Letters

Clyde Fitch and His Letters

Clyde Fitch and His Letters

Clyde Fitch and His Letters

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In gathering the letters for the present volume, the authors have tried to recreate all the joy and faith and genius for friendship which marked the life of Clyde Fitch. His active career in the theater brought him in constant touch with the most representative actors, managers, and men of letters of his period.

One cannot think of him without emphasizing his friendships. His letters are written with no effort at literary style; they represent the impressionistic reaction to the immediate event; they were dashed off as the spirit prompted: on board ship, by an open window of a Continental hotel, on the terrace of his country house -- notes of appreciation, notes of invitation, long, impulsive descriptions of European festivities, whether processional in Spain or Grand Canal gondoliering.

His letters breathe of warm association with the novelist, Mr. Robert Herrick; they show a breezy friendship with Miss Maude Adams and Kate Douglas Wiggin; they reveal glimpses of appreciation interchanged between himself and William Dean Howells. Herein the reader is given sufficient evidence of the personal concern and interest shown by the dramatist for the actors and actresses he engaged for his casts; and from the incipient idea of a plot for a play to the play's first-night these letters enable the reader to follow the steady advance of Clyde Fitch to the position of America's most successful playwright.

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