Corwin, Norman, 1910-2011

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Writer, director, producer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Norman Corwin : oral history, 1967. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122440908

From the description of Reminiscences of Norman Corwin : oral history, 1966. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122513150

Dramatist.

From the description of Norman Lewis Corwin papers, 1941-1942. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145381238

Norman Corwin (1910-2011) was an American writer, screenwriter, producer, essayist and teacher of journalism and writing. His early radio programs included love stories, satire, biography, fantasy, mystery, Bible stories, travelogues, history, media analyses, philosophy, and current events. He has been called America's "poet laureate of radio." On May 8, 1945, his one-hour live broadcast on the occasion of the end of World War II, On A Note of Triumph, drew 60 million listeners; poet Carl Sandburg praised it as "one of the all-time great American poems."

Corwin is also the author of several books, including Holes In A Stained Glass Window (1978) and Trivializing America (1983), and his script for the movie Lust For Life (1957) was nominated for an Oscar. His television credits include his 1971 series "Norman Corwin Presents." In the 1990s he began a new series of radio program for National Public Radio, whose casts have included William Shatner, Jack Lemmon, Charles Kuralt, Martin Landau, Hume Cronyn, and Charles Durning.

As of 2008 Corwin was still very active in his field, writing a monthly column on media, chairing two award committees for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and serving as a Writer in Residence at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication.

Corwin was recognized many times over his career for his achievements; his awards include a Peabody (1941, the first year they were awarded), the One World Award (1946), a duPont-Columbia Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from Lincoln College (1990). He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1993, and in 2006 a documentary film on his life ( A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin ) won an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Feature).

"I have no apology to make for the affirmative tone of these scripts. I am convinced we will get where we want to go. It will be be grim en route, but I think there is nothing to be said for cynicism and despair, and everything to be said for getting out and working toward a better world." -- from the foreword to Untitled and Other Radio Dramas

[Portions of this biographical sketch adapted from Norman Corwin's official website and his USC Annenberg Faculty Page.]

From the guide to the Norman Corwin Papers, 1931-1967, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Corwin, Norman, 1910-2011. The odyssey of Runyon Jones / by Norman Corwin ; music and lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Kuralt, Charles, 1934-1997. Charles Kuralt collection, 1935-1997. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Jerome Moross Papers, 1924-2000 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Moorehead, Agnes, 1906-1974. Papers, 1923-1974. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Corwin, Norman, 1910-2011. Norman Lewis Corwin papers, 1941-1942. Library of Congress
referencedIn Lyle Stuart Papers, 1926-2010, [Bulk Dates: 1949-2003] Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Collection of material by and about Norman Corwin, 1952-1959. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Rogers, Bernard, 1893-1968. Samson : opera / [music] by Bernard Rogers ; the play by Norman Corwin. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Corwin, Norman, 1910-2011. Norman Corwin Collection. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Lechlitner, Ruth, 1901-1989. Papers of Ruth Lechlitner, 1919-1988. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Joseph Barnes Papers, 1923-1970 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Moross, Jerome, 1913-1983. Papers, 1924-2000. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Delafield, Eugene. Eugene Delafield collection on American poetry, 1904-1968. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Adamic, Louis, 1899-1951,. Letters to Alfred Kreymborg [manuscript], 1921-1956. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Barnes, Joseph, 1907-1970. Joseph Barnes papers, 1907-1970, 1923-1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Corwin, Norman, 1910-2011. Reminiscences of Norman Corwin : oral history, 1967. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Norman Corwin Papers, 1931-1967 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Joseph Barnes Papers, 1930-1952, (bulk 1940-1952) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Corwin, Norman, 1910-2011. On a note of triumph [sound recording], 1945. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Barnes, Joseph, 1907-1970. Papers of Joseph Barnes, 1930-1952. Library of Congress
creatorOf Corwin, Norman, 1910-2011. Reminiscences of Norman Corwin : oral history, 1966. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Corwin, Norman, 1910-2011. On a note of triumph : sound recording, 1945. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
creatorOf Corwin, Norman, 1910-2011. Lust for life screenplay / Norman Corwin ; director: Vincente Minelli. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Alberg, Mildred Freed. Papers, 1951-1985. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1898-1943. Radio scripts, 1936-1955. New Hampshire Newsp Project
referencedIn Johnny Green additional papers, 1923-1989. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Webber, Peggy. Sound recordings, 1989- Thousand Oaks Public Library, Grant R. Brimhall Library
creatorOf Robinson, Earl, 1910-1991. The people, yes / [words by] Carl Sandburg ; [music by] Earl Robinson. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Erik Barnouw Papers, 1920-1990. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Barnouw, Erik, 1908-2001. Erik Barnouw papers, 1920-1990. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Evans, Mark, 1947-. Interview, 1977. American Primers
creatorOf Corwin, Norman Lewis, 1910-. Papers, 1910- (bulk 1938-1990). Thousand Oaks Public Library, Grant R. Brimhall Library
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associatedWith Alberg, Mildred Freed. person
associatedWith Barnes, Joseph, 1907-1970. person
associatedWith Barnouw, Erik, 1908-2001, person
associatedWith CBS Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Columbia Broadcasting System, inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Connell, Sally Fly, person
associatedWith Delafield, Eugene. person
associatedWith Evans, Mark, 1947- person
associatedWith Evans, Ray, 1915-2007. person
associatedWith Fly, James Lawrence, 1898-1966. person
associatedWith Gabel, Martin, 1912-1986. person
associatedWith Gauguin, Paul, 1848-1903 person
associatedWith Gogh, Vincent van, 1853-1890 person
associatedWith Green, Johnny, 1908-1989 person
associatedWith Kuralt, Charles, 1934-1997. person
associatedWith Lechlitner, Ruth, 1901-1989. person
associatedWith Livingston, Jay, 1915-2001. person
associatedWith Minnelli, Vincente. person
associatedWith Moorehead, Agnes, 1906-1974. person
associatedWith Moross, Jerome, 1913-1983. person
associatedWith Robinson, Earl, 1910-1991. person
associatedWith Rogers, Bernard, 1893-1968. person
associatedWith Stuart, Lyle person
associatedWith United States. Federal Communications Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith WCBS (Radio station : New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
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World War, 1939-1945--Peace
Radio broadcasting--Political aspects
Motion picture plays
Television scripts
Radio authorship
Painters--Drama
Radio programs
Radio scripts
Radio, television, film
Authors, American
Screenwriters--United States
Radio supplies industry
Dramatists, American
Radio producers and directors--United States
Radio plays, American
Radio--Censorship
Radio producers and directors--Interviews
World War, 1939-1945--Drama
Popular culture
Occupation
Authors
Radio producers and directors
Screenwriters
Dramatists
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Birth 1910-05-03

Death 2011-10-18

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