Breuer, Bessie, 1893--

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Bessie Breuer nee Freedman was born October 19, 1893 in Cleveland, Ohio to Samuel and Julia Freedman. After graduating from the Missouri State University School of Journalism, she worked, first, as a reporter for the St. Louis Times, then as an editor for the New York Tribune. She left that position to become the national director of magazine publicity for the American Red Cross at the end of World War I, and subsequently joined the staff of the Ladies Home Journal. In 1925 she married her third husband, the painter Henry Varnum Poor. Part of the expatriate movement, Breuer moved to France and began writing fiction under the encouragement of Kay Boyle and others. After successfully publishing a few short stories, she published her first novel, Memory of Love, in 1934. Between 1934 and 1961, Bessie Breuer published four novels, one collection of short stories, and a play, Sundown Beach, which was produced by Elia Kazan in 1948.

From the description of Bessie Breuer photograph collection, 1926-1972. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 319855296

From the description of Bessie Breuer papers, 1926-1972. (Southern Illinois University). WorldCat record id: 312107984

Bessie Breuer (1893-1975) was a journalist, novelist, short story writer and playwright whose only produced play, SUNDOWN BEACH (1948), was one of the first efforts of the Actors Studio. After an early career in journalism as reporter and editor, Breuer began publishing short stories and, in 1935, her first novel, MEMORY OF LOVE. During World War II she wrote radio scripts for the Office of War Information. After the war a health crisis compelled Breuer to go south to recover, and in Florida she met the recuperating Air Force fliers who became the central figures of her play SUNDOWN BEACH. In later years Breuer continued to write novels. She died in New York City in September 1975 at the age of 81.

From the guide to the Bessie Breuer papers, 1948, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

Bessie Breuer (1893-1975) was a journalist, novelist, short story writer and playwright whose only produced play, SUNDOWN BEACH (1948), was one of the first efforts of the Actors Studio.

After an early career in journalism as reporter and editor, Breuer began publishing short stories and, in 1935, her first novel, MEMORY OF LOVE. During World War II she wrote radio scripts for the Office of War Information. After the war a health crisis compelled Breuer to go south to recover, and in Florida she met the recuperating Air Force fliers who became the central figures of her play SUNDOWN BEACH. In later years Breuer continued to write novels. She died in New York City in September 1975 at the age of 81.

From the description of Bessie Breuer papers, 1948. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122626207

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Decision magazine papers, 1940-1942 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Breuer, Bessie, b. 1893. Bessie Breuer papers, 1926-1972. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Decision Magazine papers, 1940-1942 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Breuer, Bessie, b. 1893. Bessie Breuer photograph collection, 1926-1972. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962. Additional papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, 1932-2005 Houghton Library
referencedIn Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992. Kay Boyle and Joseph Franckenstein correspondence, 1940-1963. Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
referencedIn Decision magazine papers, 1940-1942 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Breuer, Bessie, b. 1893. Papers. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Breuer, Bessie, b. 1893. Bessie Breuer papers, 1948. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Bessie Breuer papers, 1948 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. Henry Miller collection of papers, [1932]-1978. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Henry Miller collection of papers, 1932]-1978 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
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associatedWith Actors Studio (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Bergman, Ingrid, 1915-1982 person
associatedWith Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
associatedWith Dewey, Evelyn, 1889- person
correspondedWith Dewey, John, 1859-1952 person
correspondedWith Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970 person
correspondedWith Harris, Julie person
correspondedWith Harris, Julie, 1925- person
correspondedWith Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 person
correspondedWith Houseman, John person
associatedWith Kazan, Elia person
correspondedWith McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967 person
associatedWith Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
associatedWith Poor, Henry Varnum, 1887-1970. person
associatedWith Raphaelson, Samson, 1896-1983. person
correspondedWith Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968 person
correspondedWith Toomer, Marjorie person
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Birth 1893-10-19

Death 1975-09-26

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