IN 1937 Maude Adams was asked by President Wood of Stephens College, a Junior College for girls at Columbia, Missouri, to join the faculty and start a school of acting. She saw in this an opportunity to put into action her ideas and beliefs about the theatre, and she accepted. Her connection with the college spread at intervals over the years until 1950. It was a fitting close and a splendid rounding out of her public life; and gave her an opportunity to stress her conviction of the high place in the arts and the educational value of her beloved theatre.
That summer, on June 19th, J. M. Barrie, at the age of seventy-seven, died of pneumonia. One more of Maude's associates became a memory.
She took up the work ahead, and in preparation for this altogether new venture in formal teaching, she wrote to Mrs. King at the New York Society Library: July 28th
This list of books I shall need right away! Those marked I shall have to buy eventually, I suppose, but if you have any of them I should be glad to see them to determine their usefulness to me. And could you give a list of the ones you have not to a reliable dealer in second-hand books? I should be very grateful; it would save me so much time. I shall have to read in one month the bulk of a year's work. . . .
I should be glad to know also from the book-dealer what I can get of Aristophanes, Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripides, in the old Bohn Edition. And Menander.
Yours, ever thankful for your being such a help in trying times.