Dear Brooks-- 1
I want to thank you for printing those final paragraphs--and for doing it so graciously and cleverly. Also I want to make it clear that I wasn't referring to you when I spoke of the joyous assassination. You're an honest man, I know. What you naturally want from me, after all my thunder in the index, is a great play, and you're disappointed when you don't get it. I'm disappointed in myself in the same way--disappointed every year, and more this year than most because I didn't even try for it. I tried for propaganda against Hitler. Maybe not very effectively, but that's what was in my mind. And I still haven't given up hope that I'll write that great play--in spite of my own limitations and some adverse conditions--before my pen and brain are worn clear down to the gristle. Again thanks.
Sincerely Maxwell Anderson