Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009

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Robert Woodruff Anderson was born in New York City on April 28, 1917, the son of Myra and James Anderson. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy (1931-35), and at Harvard University, where he received both his A.B. (magna cum laude) in 1939 and his M.A. in 1940. He became a prolific playwright, remembered chiefly for All Summer Long and Tea and Sympathy.

From the description of Letters to his parents, 1931-1956. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79392211

Robert Woodruff Anderson was born in New York City on April 28, 1917 and was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy (1931-35), and at Harvard University, where he received both his A.B. (magna cum laude) in 1939 and his M.A. in 1940. After completion of the latter, Anderson married Phyllis Stohl, a director at the Erskine School in Boston. During this time he continued to write, but is was not until the production of his play, All Summer Long, in 1952 that Anderson emerged as a serious talent. In 1953 the play for which Anderson is most commonly remembered, Tea and Sympathy, was first produced. The play was a magnificent success and secured Anderson a distinguished place in the theater community.

From the description of Papers, 1931-1999 (inclusive), 1960-1980 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79392197

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referencedIn Robert A. Wilson slides, 1956-1969 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Hulme, Kathryn, 1900-1981. Kathryn Hulme papers, 1846-1981 (bulk 1945-1981). Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Inge, William. Come back, Little Sheba [manuscript], 1951 February 4. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf New Dramatists. Playwright lecture series [sound recording], 1951-1960. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976. Stage designs. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lawrence and Lee papers, 1917-1974 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Kathryn Hulme papers, 1846-1981, 1945-1981 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Douglas, Melvyn. Papers, 1892-1983. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009. Letters to his parents, 1931-1956. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009. I never sang for my father : a play in two acts, [19--]. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf American Playwrights' Theatre. Records, 1963-1979. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Playwright lecture series [sound recording], 1951-1960 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Stage designs, 1931-1968 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Alan Schneider Papers, 1937 - 2001 Mandeville Special Collections Library
referencedIn Letters to his parents, 1931-1956 (inclusive), 1935-1940 (bulk) Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009. You know I can't hear you when the water's running. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009. Papers, 1931-1999 (inclusive), 1960-1980 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009. Four plays for Saturday night, [1967?] / by Robert Anderson. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Brooks Atkinson papers, 1904-1980 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Schneider, Alan, 1917-1984. Alan Schneider papers, ca. 1937-2001. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Higgins Family papers, 1923-1971 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Elmer Rice letters from various correspondents, 1915-1967. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Playwrights' Company. Records, 1938-1960. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn American Playwrights' Theatre. Records, 1963-1979. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Buchanan, Thompson R. Thompson R. Buchanan papers, 1961-2000. Library of Congress
creatorOf Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009. The days between / by Robert Anderson. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951. Hopwood Awards Collection, 1930- University of Michigan
referencedIn Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009. Papers, 1931-1999 (inclusive), 1960-1980 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Atkinson, Brooks, 1894-1984. Brooks Atkinson papers, 1904-1980. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lillian Gish papers, 1909-1992 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Jo Mielziner papers, 1903-1976 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Anderson, Robert, 1917-2009. [Letter] 1967 January 14, Bridgewater, Conn. [to Roy] Jansen [Harrisburg, Pa.] / Robert Anderson. Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania State Library
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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associatedWith Alan, Schneider person
associatedWith Ambassador Theatre (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith American Playwrights' Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Anderson, James Hewston, person
associatedWith Anderson, Myra Grigg, person
associatedWith Anderson, Phyllis Stohl, 1907-1956. person
correspondedWith Anderson, Robert Woodruff person
associatedWith Anderson, Robert Woodruff,1917- person
associatedWith Atkinson, Brooks, 1894-1984 person
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
correspondedWith Buchanan, Thompson R. person
associatedWith Cates, Gilbert, 1934-2011. person
associatedWith Dace, Letitia. person
associatedWith Douglas, Melvyn. person
associatedWith Dunster House (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Erskine School (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Gish, Lillian, 1893-1993 person
associatedWith Harvard Dramatic Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard Glee Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Heckart, Eileen, 1919-2001. person
associatedWith Higgins family family
associatedWith Hulme, Kathryn, 1900-1981. person
associatedWith Inge, William. person
associatedWith Jansen, Roy. person
associatedWith Lawrence, Jerome, 1915-2004 person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976. person
associatedWith New Dramatists. corporateBody
associatedWith Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963 person
associatedWith Playwrights' Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Rice, Elmer, 1892-1967 person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Schneider, Al. person
associatedWith Schneider, Alan, 1917-1984. person
associatedWith Wilson, Robert A. (Robert Alfred), 1922- person
associatedWith Wiman, Dwight Deere, 1895-1951 person
associatedWith Wright, Teresa, 1918-2005. person
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College and school drama, American
American drama--20th century
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Birth 1917-04-28

Death 2009-02-09

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