December 31, 1938
Dear Mr. Muni: 1
I think I'd better take your word for it and drop the Napoleon venture, at least for the present. There truly isn't anybody else to play it that I know of. And lest you should be concerned about it, let me confess that I feel a certain relief in getting out from under the subject for it involves an enormous amount of research and I fear I was intending a certain amount of violence on Napoleon's character in order to make it possible for me to write about him. 2
At the moment I am casting about for a subject that might possibly interest you, though what I've found so far isn't good enough. Meanwhile Elmer Rice has a story in mind which ought to make a good play for you and among us all The Playwrights' Company ought to be able to turn out something to bring you East next fall. At any rate I hope you'll keep your plans sufficiently fluid so that if a good script comes your way in the spring you'll be able to say yes to it.
I am very grateful to you for your honesty in this matter. I think we'd enjoy working together. Let's hope something comes out of these preliminaries--if not this coming year then soon.
February 18, 1939
Dear Mr. Balch:
The acting version of "High Tor" supplied by Brandt and Brandt is probably the version that we arrived at during rehearsals. For the