Vining, Donald, 1917-1998

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Dates:
Birth 1917-06-20
Death 1998-01-24

Biographical notes:

Donald Crossley Vining was born on June 20, 1917, in Benton, Pennsylvania. He was educated at West Chester State College, Pennsylvania and at the Yale University School of Drama. In the late 1940s, he published numerous one-act plays for amateurs. Vining worked in the Development Office of Teachers College, Columbia University for thirty years, retiring in 1979 to begin a private publishing company, The Pepys Press, which specialized in diaries and journals. He published the autobiographical work, A Gay Diary. After retiring from publishing, Vining did free-lance writing for gay periodicals and a monthly column for Diarist's Journal. He died on January 24, 1998, in New York City.

From the guide to the Donald Crossley Vining papers, 1926-1997, (Manuscripts and Archives)

Vining (1917-1998) studied to be a playwright at Yale and wrote plays and radio scripts. After working at Columbia University's Development office from 1949-1979, Vining retired to found the publishing company Pepys Press, which specialized in diaries and journals. Vining published his autobiographical work, "A Gay Diary" in 1979.

From the description of Papers, 1926-1982. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 45808849

Donald Crossley Vining was born on June 20, 1917, in Benton, Pennsylvania. He was educated at West Chester State College, Pennsylvania, and at the Yale University School of Drama. In the late 1940s, he published numerous one-act plays for amateurs. Vining worked in the Development Office of Teachers College, Columbia University for thirty years, retiring in 1979 to begin a private publishing company, The Pepys Press, which specialized in diaries and journals. He published the autobiographical work, A Gay Diary. After retiring from publishing, Vining did free-lance writing for gay periodicals and a monthly column for Diarist's Journal. He died on January 24, 1998, in New York City.

From the description of Donald Crossley Vining papers, 1926-1997 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702167380

Donald Vining was born in 1917. He became interested in writing and studied to be a playwright at Yale. He wrote some plays and scripts for radio shows but he became most well-known for the publications of his diaries and the writings he did commenting on his homosexual lifestyle in New York City. His diaries, published under the name "A Gay Diary", and his book of essays "How Can You Come Out If You've Never Been In?" are his most well-known works, but he also edited a collection of American World War II diaries.

From the description of Donald Vining diaries, 1926-1982. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 259219123

Donald Vining was a New York City writer, editor and publisher.

From the description of Diary, 1926-1939. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122380345

Donald Crossley Vining (1917-1998) was the author of A Gay Diary, a dramatist, and the founder and publisher of the Pepys Press.

From the description of Donald Vining papers, 1926-1996. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 259200847

Donald Crossley Vining was the author of A Gay Diary and the founder and publisher of the Pepys Press. Born in 1917 in Benton, Pennsylvania, Vining was educated at West Chester State College, Pennsylvania and at Yale University's School of Drama. In the late 1940s, he published numerous one-act plays for amateurs. After working for thirty years in the Development Office of Teachers College, Columbia University, Vining retired in 1979 to begin a private publishing company, the Pepys Press. The Pepys Press published A Gay Diary, a chronicle of his life as a gay man before and after the Stonewall Riots, as well as a book of diaries from the Second World War, American Diaries of World War II, and other works. After retiring from publishing, Vining wrote a monthly column for Diarist's Journal and contributed to periodicals. He died in New York City in 1998.

From the guide to the Donald Vining papers, 1926-1996, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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