WRITERS, PRAY FOR US!
THE EDITOR, the " Sunday Times":
Dear Sir,—In a recent issue of your widely read Journal, Mr. Agate writes:
I see, by the way, that Sean O'Casey has just declared that " Noel Coward hasn't yet put even his nose into the front rank of second-class dramatists, let alone into the front rank of first-class dramatists". Were I a dramatist of genius like Mr. O'Casey I think I should try to say something more generous about Mr. Coward.
Mr. Agate is not sure, for he says, "I think I should try". Now what does "more generous" mean? Does it mean a generosity that would push Mr. Coward plumb into the front rank of second-class dramatists, or should it go further, and push him plumb into the front rank of first-class dramatists? Or does it mean that the work of Mr. Coward deserves a place in one of these ranks, and if so, which one? If his work does not deserve to be put in either place, why should I try to put him in a place of which he is unworthy?
Does Mr. Agate expect me to give an opinion directly contrary to what my conscience and intelligent judgment tell me to be the right one? If he expects me to do that, then what are we to think of him as a