[ September, 1949]
Forgive me for not answering sooner your suggestion about the musical version of Lightnin'. I've been finishing revisions of Cry the Beloved Country and haven't looked up lately. 2
But as for Lightnin'--which I saw with Frank Bacon--I'm afraid it's more Cole Porter's dish than mine. It's perfect material for a Broadway musical, and would lend itself to modern variations, but it couldn't possibly carry any meaning, and I find myself unable to take an interest in a play that doesn't say something. That is very possibly a weakness, but I have it and can't get rid of it. Lightnin', however, will make a successful musical for somebody, and I hope you don't let the matter drop. Meanwhile, thank you for thinking of me.
Sincerely M A
March 14, 1950
Thanks for that letter about our songs from Lost in the Stars. And for wanting more so emphatically. At the moment I'm writing lyrics and other words for Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn, 1 and so there may be more. I hope they're not a desecration of the original. It's happy stuff to work with.--It gave me an evening's delight to look through that book of photographs of Anna's work. 2 Now that it's summed up it looks as if she'd produced a torrent of beautiful things.