Letter 043, pg. 2


proceed on it alone, since you have the time and I may not have any for another year or more. I wish you all the luck in the world with it and I hope to be present on its opening night on Broadway. I do think it could be a most unusual play. If there is any question on Russian life that I can help you with, please let me know and I would be delighted to tell you all the information I know.

My play which Ivan [Lebedeff, a Russian-born actor whom AR knew in Hollywood] mentioned to you must be the adaptation of my novel “We the Living”. Jerome Mayer bought it for the stage, before it was written as a play, and I dramatized it myself. It was a terribly hard job—took me all winter. I don’t think I ever want to do another dramatization. It’s much harder than writing two new plays. It will be produced this fall, if all goes well. We have great difficulties in casting the leading part of “Kira”.[**] 

I am now working on another play, because two producers are tentatively interested in it, at least in the idea of it. I am also working slowly, at nights, on my next novel. The publishers here and in England are already asking questions as to when, what and how soon it will be ready. I am really trying to cover two fields, or as my editor at Macmillan said, riding two horses, and I want to try not to let either one of them throw me. 

We have moved for the summer to Stony Creek, Connecticut. There is a nice summer stock theater here and Frank is acting in it. It will be very good experience for him. And the place is so quiet, that I seem to be doing the best work I’ve done for months. It’s an ideal place for a writer.

We shall be here all summer and I do hope I'll hear from you again. You can reach me at the above address—there are no street numbers here.

Frank joins me in sending you our best regards,

Sincerely yours,


* Nothing in the Ayn Rand Archives relates to such a playscript.

** A theatrical version of We the Living was produced on Broadway in 1940 under the title The Unconquered. Closing after just five days, it was later described by AR as a “total flop.”