Maxwell Anderson was born on December 15, 1888, in Atlantic, Pennsylvania. A prolific playwright, he received his master's degree from Stanford University, and worked as a columnist and English teacher. The recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his play, Both Your Houses, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Winterset and High Tor, Anderson founded the Playwrights' Producing Company in 1938. A historian, dramatist, and poet, he also authored the poetry collection You Who Have Dreams (Simon & Schuster, 1925). Anderson died in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1959.