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Robert Campbell Collection
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Description
This collection contains manuscripts and poetry from author Robert Campbell (1927-2000), also known as R. Wright Campbell, along with photographs of Campbell near the end of his life, newspaper articles about his activities (1997-2000), and obituaries and memorials (2000-2003). Campbell wrote 27 novels, 14 movie scripts and 4 stage plays, and was a scriptwriter for 10 television series. He also is credited with coining the term “La-La Land” for Southern California.
Background
Robert Campbell was born June 9, 1927, in Newark New Jersey. He studied at the Pratt institute in Brooklyn, New York, where he earned a certificate in illustration in 1947. Campbell worked as a freelance artist and served in the Army during the Korean War, after which he began writing film scripts in Hollywood. Campbell was the author of 27 novels, 19 of them mysteries; 14 movie scripts; and four stage plays; and a scriptwriter for 10 television series, including “Maverick” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.” His writing career was a roller coaster of early success and long periods of doldrums. In 1957 his screenplay for “The Man With a Thousand Faces” was nominated for an Academy Award and his novel “The Spy Who Sat and Waited” was nominated for a National Book Award in 1976. Many of his screenplays were written for Roger Corman, including Corman’s first film as a director, “Five Guns West” in 1955. He also published under the name “R. Wright Campbell. Campbell is credited with coining the term “La-La Land” for Southern California, with the sale of the first “Whistler detective novel, “In La-la Land We Trust,” also published in 1986. He moved to Carmel in the 1970’s and lived there until his death on September 21, 2000.
Extent
8 archival boxes and 2 folders
Restrictions
The Henry Meade Local History Room, Harrison Memorial Library does not hold copyright to these items. Permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder by the user.
Availability
Materials are open for research.