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Guide to the David Henry Hwang Papers, ca. 1985-1992
Special Collections M636  
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    Title: David Henry Hwang Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1985-1992
    Collection number: Special Collections M636
    Creator: Hwang, David Henry, 1957-
    Extent: 17.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

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    Publication Rights:

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of David H. Hwang, 1991 and 1992.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] David Henry Hwang Papers, M636, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    David Henry Hwang is an award-winning playwright whose work often deals with the manipulation or breakdown of stereotypes--particularly those concerning Asian-Americans--while exploring the frontiers of experimental drama. Hwang, a creative writing major who studied with Stanford professor John L'Heureux, graduated from the university in 1979. He credits L'Heureux and playwright Sam Shepard as early influences.
    M. Butterfly, the best known of Hwang's plays, won Broadway's Tony Award in 1988. In the years following M. Butterfly's success Hwang has moved toward filmwriting, exploring the Asian-American experience in films such as Golden Gate, the collection's most recent piece, which was filmed on location in San Francisco in 1992.


    Includes original manuscripts, corrected typescripts, etc. for both major and minor works including M. BUTTERFLY, BONDAGE, and 1000 AIRPLANES ON THE ROOF.