for the market. It's a full time occupation even for a genius, but failing a genius, it's a full time occupation for the best man there is in the field. If we found such a man, one we'd all trust, he'd want a large share in our profits for what he did. But I think he would more than pay for himself by enabling us to turn out a much larger proportion of successes. If we do not find such a man, and perhaps most of us don't want him around, it's inevitable that the place will be filled from time to time from the outside. For the Guild and Max Gordon, 1 with all their drawbacks, do work constantly at producing plays, and we do not. We write them.
This situation, of course, makes many more difficulties for some of us than for others. Those who have executive competence and can deal successfully with the succession of disasters that usually lead up to an opening see little need for a trouble-shooter in the shop. This is probably a fundamental difference of opinion, and one that will continue. I would no doubt bitterly resent some of the activities of any producing executive we found. But I would still think I needed him. And since he would be working for me and not I for him, I should not have lost any of the autonomy I so highly prize. No outside producer of recognized importance would come into our organization on such a basis, but a young man with his name still to make might well do it, and we'd very likely be as good for him as he for us. I have no names to offer, but the man exists. I think we should set out to find him.
December 27, 1944
Dear Mr. Krutch:
I am reading your Johnson with great pleasure--and approaching the end of it with much more than the usual reluctance with which one faces "all last things". Perhaps some of my enjoyment