One more word--is it necessary to name the prize after me? I really and truly try to avoid publicity.
Hotel Hay-Adams House
[ November 25, 1936]
Dear Margery Bailey-- 1
If ever a skeptic but hopeful middle-aged gentleman received during his life-time the comment on his work which he longed to receive while he still kept [going] but did not look for till after he was dead I got it in your last letter. A beautiful letter, my dear, and I shall treasure it not only for what it says but also as a sample of the art. And now you may certainly keep my name on the contest, and count on me to organize the New York committee for looking over three of the plays. Nobody shall be on it for name's sake only, though--they must actually be willing to consider the plays if they serve. Meredith will work, and so will Harold Freedman, with whom I discussed your earlier letter. Freedman is the one New York agent of real importance-- and the one with the greatest integrity. I haven't yet spoken to McClintic or Cornell. 2 If they don't want to take the responsibility somebody on the Guild Board will do it. And Barrett Clark is certain to come in if we want him. If you want to announce the judges along with the conditions perhaps you should hold off until I've spoken to the others. But perhaps you would like to give out the conditions now, and release the names of the judges later. In any case you may count in