Connecticut. In any case I shall hope to see you both when I return. Hesper is bearing up admirably, and time will do something for all of us. My address in California is a short and plain one. I put it at the end of the letter. My best to you and love to Anna.
400 South Hauser Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
October 19, 1953
Dear Bob-- 1
After I got your last letter about Devil's Hornpipe I went over it again and realized that you were entirely right about the script as it looked then. But I knew, too, that there was nothing wrong with the original story--which was essentially the Faust story placed in our time. I had got off on the wrong foot, for a number of reasons, and produced something quite sour and disagreeable. With Rouben's help I started from the beginning, saving nothing but the background and the names of the characters--and we're getting near the end of a new version in which the story is changed, the motivations are different and the good people have enough brains to outsmart the devils at the end. The change is so complete that I think the whole is going to be both amusing and engaging. I expect to have book, lyrics and music pulled together within a few weeks and be able to bring them east in a script which--given a good presentation--will be successful.
But I am, as you will immediately see, in something of a dilemma. Devil's Hornpipe was announced by the Playwrights' Co., and then, as