Inge, William

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William Motter Inge (1913-1973) was born in Independence, Kansas. He studied speech and drama at the University of Kansas and graduated in 1935. He received his Master's degree from George Peabody College at Nashville, Tennessee in 1938. He worked as a teacher, laborer, and theater critic. He is best-known as a playwright and novelist. In his lifetime he earned both a Pulitzer Prize for Picnic and an Academy Award for the screenplay to the motion picture Splendor in the Grass. His later works did not achieve this same acclaim and this lack of notice is believed to have played a factor in his suicide in 1973 at the age of 60.

From the guide to the Peter Stansky's William Inge Collection, 1968-1972, (University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection)

William Motter Inge (1913-1973) was born in Independence, Kansas. He studied speech and drama at the University of Kansas and graduated in 1935. He received his Master's degree from George Peabody College at Nashville, Tennessee in 1938. He worked as a teacher, laborer, and theater critic. He is best-known as a playwirght and novelist. In his lifetime he earned both a Pulitzer Prize for Picnic and an Academy Award for the screenplay to the motion picture Splendor in the Grass. His later works did not achieve this same acclaim, and this lack of notice is believed to have played a factor in his suicide in 1973 at the age of 60.

From the guide to the William Inge collection, 1950-1976, (University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Morton DaCosta papers, 1929-1978 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Howard Bay designs and technical drawings, 1934-1985 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Stein and Day Publisher Records, 1963-1988 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Florence Anglin papers, 1938-1995 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn New Directions Publishing Corp. records, ca. 1933-1997. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Esquire, Inc. Records, 1933-1977 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Theatre Guild technical drawings and other production materials, circa 1925-1953 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Vera Zorina papers, 1910-2001 (inclusive), 1933-2001 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn University of Southern California oral histories, 1960-1970 USC Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf William Inge papers Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Peter Stansky's William Inge Collection, 1968-1972 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
creatorOf William Inge collection, 1950-1976 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Coleman Dowell Papers, 1925-1993 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Papers, 1931-1999 (inclusive), 1960-1980 (bulk) Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Souvenir programs for theatrical productions, 1906-2005. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Sombrero Playhouse papers, 1961-1964 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn George Lynes Platt photographs, 1935-1953. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Miscellaneous screen, stage, and radio scripts, ca. 1859-2007. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Jo Mielziner papers, 1903-1976 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Gore Vidal papers, 1875-2004 (inclusive), 1936-2000 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Joshua Logan Papers, 1723-1992, (bulk 1940-1980) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Robert Whitehead Papers, 1947-2002, (bulk 1950-1996) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Anderson, Robert Woodruff person
associatedWith Anglin, Florence person
associatedWith Bay, Howard person
associatedWith Bizet, Georges, 1838-1875 person
associatedWith Charlton, Richard person
associatedWith DaCosta, Morton, 1914-1989 person
associatedWith Esquire, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
correspondedWith Logan, Joshua. person
associatedWith Lynes, George Platt, 1907-1955 person
associatedWith Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976 person
correspondedWith New Directions Publishing Corp. corporateBody
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith Stein and Day Publishers. corporateBody
associatedWith Theatre Guild corporateBody
associatedWith University of Southern California. Library. Dept. of Special Collections. corporateBody
associatedWith Vidal, Gore, 1925- person
correspondedWith Whitehead, Robert, 1916-2002 person
correspondedWith Zorina, Vera. person
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