April 5, 1938
Dear Mrs. Taylor:
The Marlowe legend has tempted me more than once but most definitely when Hotson's book came out. Lately I have thought of him as the symbol of modern loneliness and loss of faith, but always the fact that he was a writer and that I have a prejudice against writing about writers, turns me aside from any real consideration of the story. It may be that there is new material or a new light on the old material that would allow me to see a play in Marlowe's life, and since you so generously offer the fruits of your own thinking and the matter has somewhat haunted you, I should like very much to know in some detail what kind of story and meaning you have founded on Dr. Hotson's researches. No doubt, as you suggest, the concept would refuse to grow if transplanted, but something in what you say may turn out to be just the catalytic agent I have needed.
Your letter went a long way about in reaching me and came only yesterday. I thought of calling you at once for a letter like that is rare to any of us. I conquered that impulse, being a little shy myself about breaking down barriers, and contented myself with looking up the three articles which you mentioned. 2 I gather that you are interested in Marlowe's possible use of the theatre as a springboard into importance and higher politics and I am not at all sure that I like that approach to the subject, but I should like to know what meaning these ghosts have had for you. Lest another letter should go wandering, my address is New City, Rockland County, New York.
P.S. I am keeping your book for a couple of days to study your underscorings.