Opera News asked AR to write an article on the nature of heroism in Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle.
June 20, 1974
Mr. Ethan C. Mordden, Assistant Editor
New York, N.Y. 10023
Dear Mr. Mordden:
Thank you for your letter of May 28.
I appreciate your interest, but I cannot participate in your project.
It is true that my schedule does not permit me to undertake any outside writing assignments, but this is not the only reason in this particular case. Wagner’s idea of heroism and his image of the hero are not mine. In fact, they are the opposite of mine.