By Bernard A. Drabeck, Helen E. Ellis, Richard Wilbur
"During the final 5 years of his lifestyles MacLeish participated during this sequence of interviews tracing his occupation as a poet, Librarian of Congress, statesman, and guy of letters. He speaks candidly of his scholar years, his 'expatriate interval' in Paris, and his next writing and instructing. The editor/interviewers have correctly requested simply short, perceptive questions, leaving the highlight at the poet. His language is colloquial, and the variety of his writing adventure, and neighbors should still end up attention-grabbing to readers."--Library Journal
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Now the ordinary method of getting home to Cambridge from 30 State Street was to walk to Park Street Under and take the subway to Harvard Square and to walk out to Coolidge Hill. On this night I came out opposite the Common approaching Park Street Under and there in the icy, absolutely clear sky was the new moon with the old moon in its arms. I started down the subway steps, met the fetid air, and realized I wasn't going there. I would not take the subway; I would walk home, which I did. I walked the whole length of Commonwealth, out to Massachusetts Avenue and then the whole length of Massachusetts Avenue to the Square, and on out past the Square another mile and a half to where we lived.
We made an ardent appeal to President Turner, who said we should proceed without any grant funding, that the college would give what help it could (as well as release each of us from one class for the year). We were ready to begin. Of course, during that year we had, working out the NEH proposal with MacLeish, agreed on the objectives and procedures of the project; but MacLeish continued to vacillate. Three days before we submitted the proposal he called us to say he had changed his mind but had come up with something that would be easier on him and still help us.
Champion of a Cause) which raises a great many issues which are still unfinished business in our, if you will pardon the expression, civilization. Early in this period we entered the Second World War and I was instructed by the President to take on additional duties (work on speeches in the White House, beginnings of a ministry of information (Office of Facts and Figures)) which produced, again, a body of speeches and articles and involved me in ructions with the America Firsters, the Chicago Tribune, the Fulton Lewises and so on down the line.