Rosten, Norman, 1914-1995

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Norman Rosten (1914-1995), poet, playwright and novellist, was born in New York City. He published many works including books on poetry, fiction and non-fiction novels, screenplays, newspapers and magazine articles, and early in his career, even wrote radio shows. Although Norman Rosten was born in New York City, his family moved upstate soon afterwards and he grew up on a farm in Hurleyville, New York. As a teenager, Rosten attended the Agricultural College of Cornell University in Ithaca with the thought of becoming a farmer. However, after the family farm burned down, his family returned to New York and, with their resettlement in Brooklyn, Rosten's future would change as well. In 1931, Rosten enrolled at Brooklyn College. He majored in English planning to bcome a teacher. However, upon graduation in 1935, Rosten was unable to find a teaching job; he then decided to continue his education. Writing now became an important part of his life. He received his Master's Degree from New York University and went on to the University of Michigan (where he would meet his future wife, Hedda). He then began to write in earnest. In 1938, Rosten was awarded the Hopwood Award in Poetry and Drama for The Proud Pilgrimage. In 1940, he received the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award for Retrun Again Traveler. In a diverse career, Mr. Rosten published seven volumes of poetry and four novels. In addition, Rosten wrote the screenplay for Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge, and also became a close personal friend of Mr. Miller's. In 1979, Borough President Howard Golden named Norman Rosten the Poet Laureate of Brooklyn, a title he held until his death.

From the description of The Papers of Norman Rosten, 194?-196? 194?-195? (Brooklyn College). WorldCat record id: 466142534

Produced, Jan. 1938, University Theatre, Ann Arbor. Winner of Hopwood Award, 1938.

From the description of This proud pilgrimage; a poetic drama of America, 1937. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34370492

Produced at Heckscher Foundation, New York City, June 1940.

From the description of This proud pilgrimage; a poetic drama, 1940. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34370493

Poet, novelist, playwright, screenplay writer.

Graduate of Brooklyn College, 1935.

From the description of Papers, 1938-1969. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155456451

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creatorOf Rosten, Norman, 1914-. Papers, 1938-1969. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Papers, 1944-1981. Houghton Library
referencedIn Rowe, Kenneth Thorpe, 1900-. Federal Theatre Project correspondence, 1936-38. University of Michigan
referencedIn Ellis Rabb papers, 1930-1995 and undated The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Aaron Kramer papers, ca. 1940 -1986. Houghton Library
creatorOf Jones, James, 1921-1977. James Jones Papers, 1890-1981 (bulk 1941-1978). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Pierrepont Press. Archives, 1968-1969. Washington University in St. Louis, .
referencedIn Jones, Paul, 1950-. Papers, 1978-1995 (general abstract). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Siegmeister, Elie, 1909-1991. The Marquesa of O : opera in 3 acts / music by Elie Siegmeister ; libretto by Norman Rosten ; based on The Marquise of O by Heinrich von Kleist. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Laderman, Ezra. Worship / by Ezra Laderman ; [words by] Norman Rosten. The Juilliard School, Lila Acheson Wallace Library
creatorOf Rosten, Norman, 1914-. The Papers of Norman Rosten, 194?-196? 194?-195? Brooklyn College
creatorOf Rosten, Norman, 1914-. Labor for the wind [193-?] University of Michigan
creatorOf Lechlitner, Ruth, 1901-1989. Papers of Ruth Lechlitner, 1919-1988. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Rowe, Kenneth Thorpe, 1900-. Student play collection, 1928-1970. University of Michigan
referencedIn Gerard Malanga Papers, 1944-1971 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Kramer, Aaron, 1921-1997. Papers, 1945-1972. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Rosten, Norman, 1914-. Wait for no morning. A play in 3 acts. 1936. University of Michigan
referencedIn Bessie, Alvah Cecil, 1904-1985. Papers, 1929-1991. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Rabb, Ellis. Ellis Rabb papers, 1930-1995 and undated. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951,. Letters to Alfred Kreymborg [manuscript], 1921-1956. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Rosten, Norman, 1914-. This proud pilgrimage; a poetic drama of America, 1937. University of Michigan
creatorOf Rosten, Norman, 1914-. Papers, 1938-1986. Brooklyn College
referencedIn Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Papers, 1681-1966 (bulk 1900-1960) Houghton Library
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1850-2020 (inclusive), 1936-2008 (bulk) Houghton Library
creatorOf Rosten, Norman, 1914-. This proud pilgrimage; a poetic drama, 1940. University of Michigan
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associatedWith Bessie, Alvah Cecil, 1904-1985. person
associatedWith Brooklyn College corporateBody
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Jones, James, 1921-1977. person
associatedWith Jones, Paul, 1950- person
associatedWith Kiell, Norman. person
associatedWith Kramer, Aaron, 1921- person
associatedWith Kramer, Aaron, 1921-1997. person
associatedWith Laderman, Ezra. person
associatedWith Lechlitner, Ruth, 1901-1989. person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
associatedWith Malanga, Gerard. person
associatedWith Pierrepont Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Rabb, Ellis. person
associatedWith Rabb, Ellis, 1930-1998 person
associatedWith Rowe, Kenneth Thorpe, 1900- person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
associatedWith Siegmeister, Elie, 1909-1991. person
correspondedWith Sissman, L. E., 1928-1976 person
correspondedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
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American drama--20th century
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Birth 1914-01-01

Death 1995-03-07

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