"poetic tragedy of two misfits in a crumbling civilization"), the play had not been
produced, and Moore feared that its chorus was awkward and its verse unfunctional as
dialogue ( Moore to Anderson, November 3, 1938; T).
Moore did not receive a prize in the Stanford contests.
December 5, 1938
Dear Mr. Gross:
I shall of course be glad to sign any memorandum against Nazi
leadership drawn up by Thomas Mann and would be willing to lend
myself in any effective way to strengthen the protest. But I am not
effective as a speaker--I'll have to leave that phase of it to those who
are better qualified.
Gross, with the theatrical agency A. & S. Lyons in New York, was helping to
organize support for Thomas Mann's campaign to arouse American public opinion
against the Nazis. In the fall of 1938 Mann had come to the U. S., and he issued several
public statements like the one referred to in the present letter. Gross, along with Dorothy Thompson and others, planned to have a statement by Mann signed by people
prominent in the arts and supported by them with speeches at Carnegie Hall on December 18, 1938, but that particular meeting did not take place.
[ New City]
[Early December, 1938]
Dear Mr. Muni--
Elmer Rice was kind enough to let me read the letter you wrote to
him a few weeks ago, and also his answer to it. As he has warned you I
now have a play in mind which I would write for next year if I felt
some assurance that you would play it. It is, to be frank, a play about
Napoleon, following him through from twenty years old to the return