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MS Thr 167

Knoblock, Edward, 1874-1945. Edward Knoblock papers, 1893-1945: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 167
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Knoblock, Edward, 1874-1945.
Title: Edward Knoblock papers,
Date(s): 1893-1945.
Quantity: 23 linear feet (46 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Compositions and correspondence of American dramatist Edward Knoblock.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

66M-5. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund; received: 1966 May.
2016MT-67. Purchased from Richard M. Ford Ltd with funds from the Richard C. Marcus Theatre Fund, 2017 April 2.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Edward Knoblock Papers, 1893-1945 (MS Thr 167). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Knoblock (born Edward Gustav Knoblauch; April 7, 1874 - July 19, 1945) was an American-born British playwright and novelist most remembered for the often revived 1911 play, Kismet. Knoblock was born in New York City of German parents and was the grandson of the Berlin architect Eduard Knoblauch. He graduated from Harvard College in 1896, but he spent much of his professional life in Europe, first in France, then in Great Britain. In 1912, his Milestones, written with Arnold Bennett, became a hit at the Royalty Theatre, playing for over 600 performances. He became a British subject in 1916 during World War I, anglicized the spelling of his name, received a commission as a captain in the British Army and served in the Secret Service Bureau in the Mediterranean, the Balkans, and Greece. In 1917 he bought and subsequently restored the Regency Beach House, Worthing, Sussex. Knoblock was a lifelong collector of Regency style furniture and furnishings and kept much of the celebrated Thomas Hope collection intact. His London bachelor apartment was at The Albany. Knoblock wrote many screenplays, perhaps the best known being Douglas Fairbanks' Robin Hood (1922), though he was uncredited, and The Three Musketeers (1921). [Source: Houghton reader, Mark Scoble.]


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Scope and Contents

Contains 325 manuscripts of plays, stories, novels, lyrics, and an autobiography, in various drafts, outlines, notes, scenarios, and parts. Also includes diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks of clippings and articles, photographs, a few sketches for sets, and nine manuscripts by others. The manuscripts are mostly typescripts of plays, some with autograph revisions.

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