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Koenig (Laird) papers
PA Mss 148  
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  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Material

  • Title: Laird Koenig papers
    Identifier/Call Number: PA Mss 148
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.75 linear feet (8 document boxes, 2 half document boxes)
    Creator: Koenig, Laird
    Date (inclusive): 1931-2017
    Date (bulk): bulk 1970s-2017
    Abstract: Papers of American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Laird Koenig. The bulk of the material dates from the 1970s to 2017.
    Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Laird Koenig papers, PA Mss 148. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Laird Koenig, 2019.

    Biographical Note

    American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Laird Koenig (1927- ) was born in Seattle, Washington. Koenig attended the University of Washington, worked in advertising in New York City, and moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s, where he began his literary career writing novels, plays, and screenplays. Beginning in the 1970s, spent time France. Koenig's early novels include The Children Are Watching (co-written with Peter L. Dixon, 1970) and The Little Girl Who Lives down the Lane (1974). In 1976, Koenig adapted his novel The Little Girl Who Lives down the Lane into a film. Directed by Nicolas Gessner and starring Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen, the film would earn Koenig a Saturn Award nomination for best screenplay. Attention, Les Enfants Regardent, a French film adaption of The Children Are Watching, was released in 1978. Based on a screenplay adapted from the novel by Laird Koenig and Peter Dixon, the film was directed by Serge Leroy and produced by Alain Delon, who also starred in the leading role as "The Man." Other novels written by Koenig include The Neighbor (1978), Rockabye (1981), and Rising Sun (1986). Koenig wrote episodes for the television series Flipper (1970) and High Chaparral (1970), as well as the screenplays for the films Red Sun, Bloodline, Inchon, and many others.

    Scope and Content

    Papers of American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Laird Koenig, including personal and biographical items, editorial correspondence, and manuscripts to works published and unpublished. The bulk of the material ranges from the 1970s to 2017.
    Personal and biographical material includes clippings and memorabilia from Koenig's years at the University of Washington, selected reviews of his works, and family correspondence dating to the early 1970s.
    Editorial correspondence and manuscripts document Koenig's literary career. Editorial correspondence includes letters from publishers, agents, and colleagues. Interspersed within the correspondence files are clippings (including reviews of his work), programs, playbills, and ephemera. Original manuscripts (some with handwritten annotations) cover both published and unpublished works and include novels, plays, and screenplays.


    These materials have been divided into three series: 1. Personal/Biographical, 2. Editorial correspondence, 3. Manuscripts.

    Separated Material

    Published editions of Koenig's novels and plays in English, French, German, and Spanish have been separated for cataloging, and may be accessed through the UC Santa Barbara Library online catalog.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Little girl who lives down the lane (Motion picture)
    Attention, les enfants regardent (Motion picture)
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Manuscripts (documents)
    Printed ephemera
    Publications (documents)
    Theater programs
    Koenig, Laird -- Archives
    Koenig, Laird -- Children are watching
    Koenig, Laird -- Little girl who lives down the lane
    Delon, Alain, 1935-
    Dixon, Peter L.
    Foster, Jodie
    Gessner, Nicolas
    Sheen, Martin