December 5, 1938
Dear Mr. Moore:
I am afraid there is very little that one playwright can do to help another toward finding a more accurate and illuminating means of expression. Your play shows thought and undoubted talent but as you say in your letter the verse is often unsatisfactory for the stage. Not that it isn't good verse, as modern verse goes, but it's certainly too cryptic to be understood at one hearing. It's almost as if when you cease writing prose, you cease to communicate, whereas the verse should communicate just as directly and more forcefully than the prose. Structurally your play seems to me to hold together very well and your characters are interesting and ably developed.
I am forwarding your script to Miss Louise Sillcox of The Dramatists' Guild with the recommendation that if there are any extra scholarships floating about you could get one. This probably won't mean a thing to you but I'm making the suggestion.
P.S. There is an annual verse play contest held by Stanford University and you might enter your play. 2 There are no strings attached and you retain all rights. The contest is in charge of Professor Margery Bailey.