Ordeal of a Playwright Robert E. Sherwood and the Challenge of War, 1970 John Mason Brown

Ordeal of a Playwright Robert E. Sherwood and the Challenge of War, 1970 John Mason Brown

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Ordeal of a Playwright Robert E. Sherwood and the Challenge of War, 1970, a first edition, was written by John Mason Brown (1900-1969) to be introduced and edited by Norman Cousins and described by the publishers as follows:

  • "Continuing The Worlds of Robert E. Sherwood, 1965 (Brown's first volume of his Sherwood biography), John Mason Brown traces Sherwood's struggle against World War II, his war work with F.D.R., and the profound effect of F.D.R's death."
  • The Ordeal of a Playwright also includes Sherwood's play, There Shall Be No Night.  Otherwise, Brown's book would be quite brief at 122 pages.
  • Brown, a well known critic of American drama and an obvious admirer of Sherwood, started his two volume biography of Sherwood in 1958, but did not live to complete his work.

As the Table of Contents shows, this book should be titled The Ordeal of Robert E. Sherwood.  It is a thoroughly researched and sympathetic study of a popular and exceptional American playwright who won 5 Pulitzer Prizes for his plays and for his history of Roosevelt's administration.

  • During the 20s and 30s Sherwood was a successful playwright.  After his work as a speechwriter for FDR in the 40s and until his death in 1955 he never again reached that success in the theater.

This book is in good vintage condition--browning of pages, no tears or marks, firm binding throughout.  Only the dust jacket has suffered some rough wear.  The book measures 5 3/4 inches by 8 1/2 inches by 1 1/4 inches and has 320 pages


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