[ New City] November 30, 1951
Dear Mr. Sondheim:
I'm sending your script back without reading it for a reason which will perhaps come to you as a shock--so brace yourself. If High Tor is done as a musical I may want to do the book and lyrics myself, and it would be unfair of me to read another man's work on the same venture. I'm sorry that this may make your work seem wasted, but I guess nothing's ever really wasted. That's the best I can do in the way of comfort. 2
Sincerely, Maxwell Anderson
New City December 5, 1951
Dear John-- 1
I won't try to go into that t.v. proposition fully till I see you, but I can offer one bit of information. If we had packaged that Celanese Theatre series we'd have taken in a commission of $80,000 in the first year which now goes to William Morris. Of course there'd be some expenses, rent, salaries, fees, etc., but if we packaged three programs and took in three times that commission the running expenses would increase only slightly.
Of course we could go into television without hiring Jerry Stagg,