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MS Thr 618

Campton, David. David Campton papers, 1960-1974: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 618
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Campton, David.
Title: David Campton papers,
Date(s): 1960-1974.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, compositions and other materials by British playwright David Campton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MT-6. Gift of David Campton?; received: 2001.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Suzanne Denison

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

David Campton Papers, 1960-1974 (MS Thr 618). Havard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

David Campton (1924-2006) was a prolific British dramatist inspired by the Theatre of the Absurd. Campton penned works for adult, youth and children's theatre as well as radio and television productions. In addition to one-act plays and sketches, Campton penned full length plays, literary adaptations, and the text, Becoming a Playwright.
Born in Leicester, England to parents David and Emily Campton on June 5, 1929, Campton first received recognition as a playwright in 1950 when his play Going Home was performed by an amateur theatre company. In 1955, Campton met producer Stephen Joseph who would go on to produce Dragons are Dangerous, considered Campton's break-through work. One of the first British playwrights to embrace the style known as the Theatre of the Absurd, Campton received numerous honors throughout his career, including the British Arts Council Bursary for Playwriting in 1957 and the British Theatre Association Meyer-Whitworth Prize for Everybody's Friend (1975), After Midnight, Before Dawn (1978), and Mrs. Meadowsweet (1985).


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Scope and Contents

Includes 2 letters to Kristin Morrison from Campton and 1 letter to Morrison from Stephen Joseph, 2 printed plays and 2 bound typescripts by Campton, and clippings and tickets.


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