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Norman Corwin Collection
WGF-MS-019  
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Description
The Norman Corwin Collection, 1930-2012, contains manuscripts, correspondence, essays, articles, programs, personal artifacts and books by and about writer Norman Corwin. Correspondence includes letters to and from Ray Bradbury, Carl Sandburg and more. The collection also includes published works by and about Corwin, many with Corwin’s handwritten annotations and marginalia.
Background
Norman Lewis Corwin was a radio writer, producer, screenwriter, playwright, stage director, and television writer. He was born May 3, 1910, in Boston, Massachusetts. “Dubbed ‘Radio's Poet Laureate,’ Corwin was a writer and producer who used the newly developed medium of radio to examine vital social issues of the day before turning to writing for film and television. Through documentaries and dramas such as 26 by Corwin (1941) and On a Note of Triumph (1945), Corwin crafted a reputation for creating inspiring, if not challenging, serious programming that focused on history dramatizations, adaptations of literary works, radio plays, and human interest reports and featured innovative sound effects and narrative devices. He began his career in newspapers before becoming a news reader for a radio station. After a move to New York City in 1936, Corwin began creating programs first for an independent radio station then for the CBS Radio Network and United Nations Radio. Among his best-known radio programs were the series Norman Corwin’s Words without Music, We Hold These Truths (1941), and V-J Day (1945), which was created for V-J Day. Corwin began exploring other mediums beginning in the late 1940s, writing the libretto to the opera Warriors (1947). In the 1950s and 1960s, he wrote a number of screenplays, including The Blue Veil (1951), Scandal at Scourie (1953), No Place to Hide (1956), and Madison Avenue (1962). Corwin was nominated for an Academy Award for penning the adaptation of Lust for Life. Corwin also wrote and occasionally directed stage plays, including The Rivalry (1959) and The World of Carl Sandburg (1960). For television he wrote several episodes of the documentary miniseries F.D.R. (1965) and had his own series Norman Corwin Presents (1972). Inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993, Corwin returned to radio with Memos to a New Millennium, distributed by Public Radio International, in 1999. Corwin died at 101 years old on October 18, 2011, survived by his son and daughter”— Norman Corwin. Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Vol. 118. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Biography in Context. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.
Extent
2.4 linear feet
Restrictions
The responsibility to secure copyright and publication permission rests with the researcher.
Availability
Available by appointment only.