Sherwood had urged Anderson to reconsider his decision to resign from the
Playwrights' Company (no. 178), counseling that Anderson's depression over the
failure of Barefoot in Athens was only temporary and citing his own record during the
war years as evidence that one could be temporarily inactive as a playwright and still
remain a member of the company.
Rice too had urged Anderson not to resign, and an autograph note at the top of
the present letter reads: "Dear Elmer--I've written a note to Bob which really answers
your note, too, so I send you this copy--Max"
[ New City] November 30, 1951
Dear Dr. Toby:
Of course I shared that indignant reaction to a certain extent--at
least for a while. However, one can't remain indignant for long at a
time without losing perspective, and so I'm thinking of starting
When you ask that the city be given another chance to see the
play I can only answer in economic terms. The play cost $70,000--all
of which was lost. I don't think we could find another set of investors
to put up a second $70,000 to try again with a play which has once
been damned and killed. So it will have to remain where it is, between
Sincerely, Maxwell Anderson
Toby, in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University, had written to Anderson saying that he thought Barefoot in Athens a fine play and that he was
indignant at the critics for their attacks on it. He thought the critics were not widely
representative and urged Anderson to have the play produced again.