August 23, 1930
Dear Mr. Clark:
After I had promised you a script of Sea Wife I looked around for a manuscript to send you and discovered that I didn't have any. Since then I have come upon traces of one in the neighborhood of Forty-fifth Street and will ship it to you as soon as it is recovered.
My enthusiasm for my plays cools very shortly after they are written and I don't care now whether Sea Wife is produced or not, but it contains some fairly good poetry and you may like to read it. 1
Sincerely Maxwell Anderson
323 West 112th Street
[ New York City]
[Early March, 1931]
Dear Miss Helburn-- 1
Forgive me for calling you two weeks ago with my bad news. I had just received your note and it seemed to me then that nothing could go on. My whole world had died--and not Margaret. --But now I know that she'd rather I didn't lose courage--and I am heartened by the fact that she thought this play on which I am working was likely to be by far the best I had done--and I shall go on with it within a few days.
The hardest work--the preparatory scenes--are finished, and the best and easiest of it is to come. It has a good theme and a good structure, though complicated, and I have great hopes for it. It should have a magnificent part for Alfred, and perhaps the woman's role is not too small for Lynn. 2 I am seldom over-sanguine as to how plays