P.S.: I no longer trust Pinto, Winokur & Pagano.
4 Mr. B. has touched
these men, and they are no longer to be trusted. If they have not been
corrupted, it is not because they have not been approached. I fear that
if our financial status were honestly investigated, it would be found as
hollow as Mark Hanna's marble.
N.B. I find that Mr. S. N. B. is at Saratoga. Is it necessary to say more.
A tongue-in-cheek attack on S. N. Behrman during his campaign for the
presidency of the Playwrights' Company. The office was ceremonial, and Behrman and Anderson staged the campaign to raise morale at a time when all of the playwrights
were despondent about their work. At a meeting of the company on October 14 Behrman made his campaign speech, "viciously" attacking each member in turn (given
in Wharton, Life Among the Playwrights, pp. 102-5), and Anderson sent the speech to
an absent member, saying "it's too good to miss" and adding that "it need hardly be
said that Sam was re-elected by voice vote" ( Anderson to Madeline Sherwood, for Robert Sherwood, October 14, 1943; W). In the present letter he responds to the
speech, attacking Behrman with arguments drawn from the opposition to Roosevelt's
precedent-breaking third term.
Sherwood, now an assistant to President Roosevelt, had begun the association as
a speech writer for Roosevelt during his campaign for a third term.
The Lunts, who had starred in three Sherwood plays ( Reunion in Vienna, 1931; Idiot's Delight, 1936; and There Shall Be No Night, 1940), then starred in Behrman The Pirate during the 1942-43 season.
CPA firm, auditors for the Playwrights' Company.
129. TO DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
[ November, 1943]
Dear General Eisenhower --
This is my attempt to write that play we talked about in Algiers.
It's not what I hoped it would be, of course. Nothing ever comes up to
one's hopes. Also a play, as everybody knows, can't show much of a
campaign, being limited to glimpses into the lives of a few characters
at moments of decision, glimpses which we can only hope will indicate
and perhaps illuminate the vast background behind their lives.
And a play about Americans under fire carries a tremendous
burden of responsibility. It attempts to speak for men who speak so