In the paper as read at Rutgers, printed in the Times, and included as the preface
to Candle in the Wind ( December, 1941), Anderson cites Pal Joey (musical, 1940, based
on a collection of John O'Hara stories) as one of several modern plays that "subject our
fundamental beliefs to the acid test of ribald laughter" in the manner of Greek satyr
plays ( Candle in the Wind, p. xiv). But for its two later appearances, in The Bases of
Artistic Creation ( Rutgers University Press, 1942) and in Off Broadway, he deleted Pal
Joey and reduced the discussion of satyr-like modern plays ( Off Broadway, p. 32),
without however changing the thesis of the essay.
103. TO LELA AND DAN CHAMBERS
[ November 2, 1941]
Dear Lela and Dan--
I sat here for a long time trying to call you, but I couldn't make
myself do it--I was afraid to try to say anything. Then when I did call
you'd gone to Olean. There's nothing anybody can say though when
somebody you've loved as much as Lee is gone. --I keep thinking of
things he said and did. There was nobody sweeter or gentler or
humbler. He wanted Keith to have a chance, so he sent him money out
of his little pay. When Ralph was ill he came all the way to New York
from out on Long Island just to let me know. And he'll continue to be
Lee as long as we can remember.
I've got myself tied up in rehearsals of a new scene this week and
can't go to Hinsdale. I know you'll forgive me. I'll come later.
My love to you both--and to all the boys, and to Lee--
The day before the present letter Lee Chambers, oldest son of Lela and Dan, had
been killed in the crash of his Army Air Force training plane in Ohio. Candle in the
Wind was Anderson's current production.