whether you will attend as a reporter only or will insist on acting as critic, censor, and judge. A good many of your number have already said that your verdicts should be less absolute. Here is a method of making them less absolute. I think such action would begin to save the life of the theatre, and since the critics need a theatre if they are to remain in business, would be better in the long run for the critics too.
Sincerely Maxwell Anderson
P.S. Mr. Atkinson protests that the critics do not have the power to strike dead, and cites instances of plays that have survived critical damnation. Well, there are instances of men who lived after being shot through the head--but not many. 2
[ New City]
December 29, 1948
Dear Brooks, 1
Communication is so slow on these remote and slippery hills that I have only today learned that the advertisement you proposed was actually printed. I didn't see it, but I want to thank you both for a good jest and good will.
My position on these quote ads is fairly obvious, and no doubt you've guessed it, but I'll say it just to keep things clear between us.