In these diary entries written between June and December 1932, Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett reveals that he was “impelled” to keep a diary after reading the Civil War diaries of his great uncle, William Corliss (1854–1915). Brackett says the best he can offer in substitution for the war is the Depression. He also talks about his interview with producer Jed Harris about his play, Present Laughter; his travel (by car) to Stockbridge to spend the day with his wife, Elizabeth; the suicide of Smith Reynolds, the bridegroom of blues singer Libby Holman; his weekend stay at the farmhouse of George and Beatrice Kaufman in Manhasset, Long Island; the relationship between Alexander Woollcott and Charles Lederer; and the telephone call from Otto Liveright telling Brackett about a new Hollywood offer; and his meeting with George Cukor and Constance Bennett.
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