idiocy that it gags a person of any sensibility. For another, to be heralded is to become a candidate for the newest list of "the busted geniuses of yesteryear" of whom I hope never to be one.
But I'd like to meet you and talk with you.
Sincerely Maxwell Anderson
October 16, 1929
Dear Miss Helburn:
The Queen seems a very possible title. Perhaps Elizabeth, The Queen would do. Neither, however, is perfect and we are somewhat limited in our choice because of the necessity for referring definitely to our central figure. We'd better wait for an inspiration.
I see no reason for showing the manuscript to Harcourt, for even if it were possible to copyright historical incidents I have not used the incidents as Strachey related them, nor as they happened.
Since it appears improbable that I shall have a play on this year, I am likely to stay here through the winter.
Aside from cuts and slight alterations, in regard to which I shall be most amenable to suggestions from the director, I have only one revision in mind. I have thought that when Elizabeth and Essex are left alone in the second act, 2 there should be, instead of the rather rhetorical love scene, a really passionate abandonment in the relief they both feel at the discovery that they were separated by trickery rather than their own treachery.
The first act of Campaspe3 is finished and excellent. The other two will perhaps never seem so good as they do in prospect.
I am now at this address.
Sincerely, Maxwell Anderson