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MS Thr 266

Sheldon, Edward, 1886-1946. Edward Sheldon correspondence: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 266
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sheldon, Edward, 1886-1946.
Title: Edward Sheldon correspondence,
Date(s): 1899-1959.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of American playwright Edward Sheldon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*70M-95. Gift of Mrs. Theodore Sheldon, 321 Chestnut Street, Winnetka, Illinois; received: 1970 August 3.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Edward Sheldon Correspondence (MS Thr 266). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Sheldon was an American playwright. He helped to bring social consciousness and seriousness of purpose into U.S. drama of the early 20th century.


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Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence of Sheldon, Van Wyck Brooks, Katherine Cornell, Helen Keller, Eugene O'Neill, Theodore Sheldon, John Hall Wheelock, and Thornton Wilder, among others. The correspondence is frequently personal in nature, discussing both English and American daily life and family matters. A looming awareness of WWII pervade many of the letters. Also discusses contemporary theatrical criticism and often reviews a large variety of productions. Correspondents frequently comment on their own experiences with plays they have written, produced, or acted in. Also includes compositions by Sheldon, Edgar Frank, Alice Kauser, and John Hall Wheelock, among others, as well as photographs of Sheldon, telegrams, and printed materials. Some materials compiled for a possible biography of Sheldon by Eric Barnes and another by Marion Meggs Woods are also included.

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