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Typed letter signed, to Henry Blankfort, Nov. 18, 1940

Dreiser, Theodore

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One page, paper discolored from framed exposure, but no loss or damage. Writing to its executive director about the Hollywood Theatre Alliance's production of George Sklar and Albert Maltz's play "Zero Hour," Dreiser declares: "I feel it an intellectual, as well as a social privilege, also duty, to write and say, not only to the authors of the play but more particularly to you, how thoroughly I am imoressed by the Theatre Alliance's conception of the import of the stage and, better still, of its fulfillment of that concept. Of all intellectual American theatre concepts and efforts to date, - those seeking to open the stage to the provocative and the stimulating - to offset bigotry and hold up the hands of wisdom and liberality . yours is the most impressive, and . the most successful. Ibsen is right when he says that 'the dramatist's business is not to answer questions' - since we cannot explain Life, but to ask them. In "Meet The People" and now in . "Zero Hour" you ask such pertinent, and what is more, ominous questions. In neither New York nor Chicago nor elsewhere in America . have I seen the stage used with more intellectual, social and dramatic import and skill, and, in the case of "Meet The People", with more ironic distinction." Dreiser enclosed a check to emphasize his desire to help. Bookseller Inventory # 28591

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