Lashin that I began to learn to be wary of trying to be helpful. I don't
know where Miss Lashin is now.
I have located several plays on Anne Boleyn in the public library,
and shall examine them for precedents. Meanwhile I try to put Fanny
Holtzmann4 out of my mind, so that I can get my work done. She is
the kind of hornet that can make the horses run away with the
P.S. By the way, I don't believe Hackett can retract what he said about
me to the newspapers. The reporters who wrote the stories could, I
would think, be called as witnesses in the libel suit against Hackett.
they refused to swear what Hackett said about me was substantially
what their papers published I would then have a case against the TIMES and the TRIBUNE. They cannot be free to print libellous
allegations unless they can quote a source.
Silverman, in John Wharton's law firm ( Paul, Weiss, Wharton and Garrison),
assisted in Anderson's defense against the plagiarism suit brought by Francis Hackett in
connection with Anne of the Thousand Days (see no. 166).
Jed Harris, Broadway producer, held production rights to Both Your Houses
during much of 1930 and did not release them to the play's eventual producer, the
Theatre Guild, until January, 1933. The Guild produced the play on March 6, 1933,
and it received that year's Pulitzer Prize in the drama.
With Milo Hastings she later wrote Class of '29, produced by the Federal
Theater in 1936.
Hackett's lawyer in the Anne of the Thousand Days suit.
Anderson's suit against Hackett, filed on May 20, 1949, cited Hackett's remarks
reported in two articles, "Hackett Contends Hit Play's Plot His," New York Times, May 18, 1949, p. 32, col. 1, and "Francis Hackett Sees His Books in Anne Play," New
York Herald Tribune, May 18, 1949, p. 19, cols. 5-6.
After extensive negotiations between their lawyers, Anderson and Hackett
dropped their charges against one another in April, 1950.