Sherwood, Robert E. (Robert Emmet), 1896-1955

Alternative names
Birth 1896-04-04
Death 1955-11-14
Indonesian, English

Biographical notes:

American playwright.

From the description of Letter, Surrey, England, to Malcolm Wells, New York City [manuscript], 1948 August 30. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647817235

Sherwood was a noted American dramatist. He was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., graduated from Harvard in 1918, and served in World War I. He wrote for Vanity Fair and Life magazines, serving as editor of the latter from 1924 to 1928. His first play, written in 1927, was an immediate success. He won Pulitzer prizes for many of his plays and later in his career wrote film scripts.

From the guide to the The love nest (manuscript), 1926, (University of Minnesota Libraries. Literary Manuscripts Collections, Manuscripts Division [mss])

A dramatization of Ring Lardner's story of the same name.

From the description of The love nest [manuscript], 1926. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63285984

Robert E. Sherwood, playwright.

From the description of Abe Lincoln in Illinois: typescript, 1937. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144652527

From the description of Abe Lincoln in Illinois : a play in three acts: typescript, 1993. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122616150

Robert E. Sherwood, author. Based on material from Carl Sandburg's ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THE WAR YEARS.

From the description of Abraham Lincoln, 1940. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122575553


From the description of Playscripts of Robert E. Sherwood, 1921-1962. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84471386

Sherwood was an American dramatist and political writer. Between 1940 and 1945 he was the principal speech writer for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and overseas director of the Office of War Information. Sherwood, who had won three Pulitzer prizes for his plays, won a fourth for Roosevelt and Hopkins, his book chronicling World War II.

From the description of Papers, 1917-1968 (inclusive) 1934-1955 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122575016

From the guide to the Robert E. Sherwood papers, 1917-1968 (inclusive), 1934-1955 (bulk)., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Biographical Note

Robert Emmet Sherwood was born April 4, 1896, in New Rochelle, N.Y. Sherwood was a playwright, editor, screen writer, and cofounder of the Playwrights’ Company, a producing company. He wrote speeches for President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II and from 1941 to 1944 served as head of the overseas branch of the Office of War Information. Sherwood’s book Roosevelt and Hopkins (1948) won the Pulitzer Prize, as did several plays, including The Road to Rome (1927) and Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1938). His original screenplay, The Best Years of Our Lives, won the Academy Award in 1946. Sherwood died in New York, November 14, 1955.

From the guide to the Robert E. Sherwood Play Scripts, 1921-1962, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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