be wise to see it through the works. 2 But I haven't forgotten our appointment for September, and hope to have a new play written to show you. That's not a threat, however. I hate reading MS. and understand that in others. Mab sends her love to Anna and to you-- and so do I, though you'll probably throw it right back in my teeth, enriched with profanity.
[ Los Angeles, California]
June 4, 1947
Dear Upton-- 1
I have learned after many battering years in the theatre that one has to be completely honest about the plays he reads--otherwise he'll find himself involved in productions which he doesn't believe in and to which he can give nothing. I found A Giant's Strength well-built and well-written, and in parts moving and fascinating--but I was disappointed. Inevitably, no doubt. When you write about the atomic bomb you're certain to say what should be done about it--which will always sound like propaganda--and you are certain to indicate a solution--which, since the future is unknown, will always sound hypothetical and unconvincing. This would happen to anybody who chose this subject. It's not a criticism of your playwriting but only of your choice of material.
One other weakness is inherent in the subject itself. Nobody has yet worked out a solution. You carry your people through an imaginative experience--and carry the reader along with you most of the time--but in the end all the lad can say is: Stop killing each other. Well, that's been said. Jesus said it, and so have many others, including