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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.


  • Creation: 1955 - 1967


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of William Inge

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.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Includes letters written to Mendy Weisgal, various related correspondence/notes, and newspapers articles/clippings of reviews and advertisements for William Inge's plays.

Physical Location

RH MS 1304

Physical Location

RH MS R348

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, 2013

Related Materials

Inge, William Peter Stansky's William Inge CollectionRH MS 1249 Inge, William William Inge Collection 1950-1976, RH MS 165

Separated Materials

William Inge Summer brave and eleven short plays (Random House, 1962)RH B1893 c. 2

Guide to the William Inge Collection
Correspondence with Mendy Weisgal
Finding aid prepared by hc, 2014; revised by mhr, 2015
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
William Inge Collection, RH MS 1304, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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