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Would you like to tell me a little bit about Irwin Shaw?
Yes. I'll start from the beginning. We'll have to
find the date when we first heard of Irwin Shaw, but a play
opened downtown off Broadway--one of the early off-Broadway
shows--called Bury the Dead. Bury the Dead was an anti-war
And this was during the Second World War you think?
It was before the Second World War. I think it was
inspired by the Spanish Civil War--one of those many plays
that the young liberals were indulging in to demonstrate
It got very good reviews. It was a one-act play--
a lot of soldiers who had been killed in the war coming back
to life and telling stories of what had happened. I was
very impressed with it, and we sought out the author. It
was Irwin Shaw. I wrote him a note saying that I'd like to
publish this play.
He was delighted. He had never dreamed that a young
fellow was going to start out by having a short off-Broadway
anti-war play published. We made a date for him to come in.
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