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Inge, William



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.

Found in 7 Records:

Correspondence with Mendy Weisgal

Call Number: RH MS 1304

This collection includes letters from William Inge to Mendy Weisgal written between 1955 and 1967, as well as related newspaper clippings and correspondence. Weisgal, who also was known professionally as Michael Wager, was an actor and writer who was Inge's friend and collaborator.

Dates: 1955 - 1967

Correspondence with R. Baird Shuman

Call Number: RH MS P915

R. Baird Shuman is an author and biographer who wrote a biography of William Inge, and corresponded with him throughout the 1960s. After Inge's suicide in 1973, Shuman corresponded with Inge's sister, Helene Inge Connell. The collection includes letters from Inge to Shuman, one letter from Shuman to Inge, and two letters from Inge's sister to Shuman.

Dates: 1963 - 1974

Personal papers of Mary Davidson

Call Number: PP 621

This collection contains personal correspondence, ephemera, lesson plans, and essays from University of Kansas English instructor Mary Davidson.

Dates: 1949 - 2008

Peter Stansky's William Inge collection

Call Number: RH MS 1249

This collection of William Inge's papers contains the manuscripts for his later plays and novels written in the late 1960's and early 1970's prior to his death in 1973.

Dates: 1968 - 1972

Theatre Guild Picnic production records

Call Number: RH MS 1563
Overview This collection contains a draft copy of the Theatre Guild script for Picnic by William Inge; contracts; legal correspondence regarding the Theatre Guild production of Inge's play; music agreements; and correspondence. The collection provides insight into the legal and financial circumstances associated with producing the award-winning production, as well as some documentation regarding rights for other productions of the play and producing a movie...
Dates: March 1, 1949 - November 8, 1972 (bulk 1950s)

William Inge collection

Call Number: RH MS 165

This collection of William Inge's papers contains manuscripts for many of his plays, some correspondence and photographs of his sculpture work, and a number of articles written and/or published between 1950 and 1976.

Dates: 1950 - 1976

William Inge photograph

 Collection — Folder 1
Call Number: RH PH P714

This collection contains a photograph of a sculpture of William Inge holding his Academy Award ("Oscar").

Dates: 1974

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English literature -- Study and teaching -- Kansas -- Lawrence 1
Theater -- Production and direction -- New York (State) -- New York 1
Theater -- Study and teaching -- Kansas -- Lawrence 1