And I don't agree with you that a playwright can't do his best work on Broadway. The theatre is always part of a civilization, and that limits its scope. But within the limits of what our civilization calls for we are free to do the best we can. --I shall watch your venture with every hope for its success, and I shall be willing to help in any way I can, but I couldn't honestly be part of the venture, for I have had to say no to the same proposition from within our own ranks.
October 12, 1940
Dear Mr. Gaimster:
I am afraid the paths of poetry in the theatre are rougher than anybody can imagine who hasn't been over them. I am walking a little lame myself these days having made the mistake, I fear, of examining the fundamental principles of Christianity at a time when men should be examining their weapons. This play was in rehearsal when your letter came or I should have answered it earlier, and perhaps more optimistically.
The quality of your verse seems excellent in these samples and the play may be excellent for all I know but a play on the subject of peace would not only be a bad risk but one that no producer would assume. On the other hand the capacity for verse which might be spoken from the stage is so rare and in your case so unmistakable that I should like to see your manuscript. If there is any substance in your ambition you will write more plays than one and perhaps the tide will next time not be against you.