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Guide to the Clifford Odets Theatrical Materials MS.P.006
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: Clifford Odets theatrical materials
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.P.006
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.6 Linear feet (1 box and 2 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1955 and undated
    Abstract: This collection consists of draft scripts of The Country Girl, The Flowering Peach, and The Russian People; reviews of theatrical performances; correspondence; programs; and family photographs accumulated by renowned playwright Clifford Odets. The bulk of this collection comprises reviews of Odets' theatrical performances found in newspaper clippings and magazine articles. A scrapbook contains clippings documenting a variety of Odets' plays performed in 1935, in addition to an article written by Odets describing his internment in Havana during his investigation into the treatment of Cuban writers and artists.
    Creator: Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Clifford Odets theatrical materials. MS-P006. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Source unknown, ca. 1969-1970 and Peter Kates, 2012.

    Processing History

    Preliminary processing by Special Collections and Archives staff, ca. 1996. Fully processed by Adrian Turner, 2001.

    Biography

    Clifford Odets was an American playwright prolific from the 1930s through the 1950s and renowned for his plays with Marxist leanings. He was born July 18, 1906 in Philadelphia to immigrant Rumanian and Russian parents. His family moved to New York in 1908. After studying drama in high school and pursuing various minor acting jobs in New York and Philadelphia, he joined the Group Theatre of New York and began to write plays for Broadway, including Awake and Sing! In 1935 he joined the Communist Party and traveled to Cuba as the head of a delegation to investigate atrocities against Cuban artists and writers. He moved to California the following year and married Luise Rainer in 1937. He divorced Rainer in 1939 and was remarried in 1943 to Bette Grayson.
    In the late 1930s, he gained increasing financial stability through his critically acclaimed works. After his highly successful Golden Boy appeared in 1937, he went on to write numerous plays, including his adaptation of Konstantin Simonov's The Russian People (1942) and the popular The Country Girl (1950). His last play, The Flowering Peach (1954), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, but the award was given to Tennessee Williams for his Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Odets lived in Hollywood until his death in 1963.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection consists of draft scripts of The Country Girl, The Flowering Peach, and The Russian People; reviews of theatrical performances; correspondence; programs; and family photographs accumulated by renowned playwright Clifford Odets. The bulk of this collection comprises reviews of Odets' theatrical performances found in newspaper clippings and magazine articles. A scrapbook contains clippings documenting a variety of Odets' plays performed in 1935, in addition to an article written by Odets describing his internment in Havana during his investigation into the treatment of Cuban writers and artists.
    The personal correspondence almost exclusively comprises letters between Odets and his father, Louis J. Odets, concerning particular plays, Clifford's marriages, and financial issues. Also included is a single letter from the artist Georgia O'Keefe, who, along with her husband Alfred Stieglitz, corresponded with Odets. A number of the newspaper clippings and magazine articles were mailed with these letters, along with draft scripts of The Country Girl, The Flowering Peach, and The Russian People.
    Most of the photographs are portraits of Odets taken throughout various periods of his life, including early childhood images in New York. There are also several photographs depicting Odets' former wives, Luise Rainer and Bette Grayson.

    Collection Arrangement

    The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject or format of materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963 -- Archives.
    American drama -- 20th century.
    Photographic prints
    Plays.
    Playwrights.
    Scrapbooks
    Theater -- Archives