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Robert E. Sherwood : the playwright in peace and war

Author: Harriet Hyman Alonso
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One of the nation's first film critics, an acclaimed speechwriter on his own and for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a propagandist during World War II, and a leading producer on Broadway, Robert E. Sherwood scripted some of the most popular plays and films of his day, including Waterloo Bridge, The Best Years of Our Lives, Idiot's Delight, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, and Rebecca. His work brought him four Pulitzer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Alonso, Harriet Hyman.
Robert E. Sherwood.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608482195
Named Person: Robert E Sherwood; Robert E Sherwood; Robert E Sherwood; Robert E Sherwood
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harriet Hyman Alonso
ISBN: 9781558496187 1558496181 9781558496194 155849619X
OCLC Number: 145378554
Description: 394 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Being an Emmet and a Sherwood --
Born to be a ham --
From soldier to pacifist --
Life after the war --
Writing plays for peace --
Marriage, divorce, and The petrified forest --
From pacifist to soldier --
Sherwood and Roosevelt --
Changing the message --
The message is lost --Epilogue.
Responsibility: Harriet Hyman Alonso.
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One of the film critics, a speechwriter on his own and for President Franklin D Roosevelt, a propagandist during World War II, and a producer on Broadway, Robert E Sherwood scripted some of the  Read more...

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