John Mason Brown additional papers
Primarily correspondence of the American drama critic, John Mason Brown.
- Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 (Person)
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This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff members to determine retrieval policies and times.
Collection is open for research.
Extent3.5 linear feet (4 cartons)
These additional papers include correspondence between John Mason Brown and his wife Catherine Screven (Meredith) Brown created and received during Brown's lecture tours in the United States, letters received by Catherine Brown after John Mason Brown's death, and a small amount of other correspondence. Also included are manuscripts of Brown's last book published posthumously, The ordeal of a playwright: Robert E. Sherwood and the challenge of war as well as correspondence, reviews, and other materials relating to the book. Finally, there are photographs of John Mason and Catherine Brown and of unidentified people and places.
Biographical / Historical
Brown was an American author. He graduated from Harvard College in 1923. He was drama critic for the New York Evening Post (1929-1941) and New York World (1941-1942) and was a columnist and editor for Saturday Review (1944-1969). He served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy beginning in 1942 and took part in the invasions of Africa, Sicily, and Normandy. Brown died in 1969 after a short illness.
Arranged into four series:
- I. Correspondence between John Mason Brown and Catherine Brown.
- II. Miscellaneous correspondence.
- III. Materials relating to The ordeal of a playwright: Robert E. Sherwood and the challenge of war.
- IV. Photographs.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
92M-15. Manuscripts presented by Meredith M. Brown; received: 1992 October. 13.
92M-39. Manuscripts presented by Meredith M. Brown; received: 1993 June 24.
94M-5. Manuscripts presented by Meredith M. Brown; received: 1994 August 12.
Processed by: Jackie Dean.
- Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969. John Mason Brown additional papers, 1933-1984: Guide.
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