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Philip Van Doren Stern-Elmer Harris correspondence, 1939-1940.

Author: Philip Van Doren Stern; Elmer Harris; Joseph M Gaites
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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The correspondence between Elmer Harris and Philip Van Doren Stern dates from April 1939 to January 1940, and concerns Harris' stage adaptation of Stern's book THE MAN WHO KILLED LINCOLN, concerning the last days of John Wilkes Booth.
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Outlines
Drama
Named Person: Philip Van Doren Stern; Elmer Harris; Joseph M Gaites; John Wilkes Booth; Abraham Lincoln
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Van Doren Stern; Elmer Harris; Joseph M Gaites
OCLC Number: 86164218
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The correspondence between Elmer Harris and Philip Van Doren Stern dates from April 1939 to January 1940, and concerns Harris' stage adaptation of Stern's book THE MAN WHO KILLED LINCOLN, concerning the last days of John Wilkes Booth.

Also taking part in the correspondence was producer Joseph M. Gaites (1873-1940), who initiated the theatrical project and selected Harris as adaptor, and who occasionally wrote to Stern with updates on the production, and on the Hollywood producers said to be interested in motion picture rights to the play. The Stern-Harris letters discuss Booth and the historical facts concerning Abraham Lincoln's assassination, the portrayal of Booth in Stern's book and in the play, and matters concerning the production such as scenery and possible casting choices. Harris' outline which details the play scene by scene is included with an early letter. The play eventually premiered at the Longacre Theatre on January 17, 1940, but closed three days later after only five performances. No film version was made.

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