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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 392

E. Martin Browne papers


Prompt books, manuscripts and typescripts of books and plays by various authors, as well as correspondence, drawings, and photographs of English actor and producer E. Martin Browne.


  • 1925-1975

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


10 linear feet (19 boxes, 2 folders)

Contains prompt books, annotated copies, manuscripts and typescripts of books, articles, and lectures, and of plays by various authors, including T.S. Eliot; books, articles, and lectures; correspondence; drawings; photographs; playbills; clippings; books; periodicals; and recordings.

Correspondents include Hugh Beaumont, James Bridie, Henzie Raeburn Browne, Nevill Coghill, Edward Gordon Craig, Ashley Dukes, T. S. Eliot, Christopher Fry, John Gielgud, D. H. Lawrence, Margaret Carver Leighton, Archiblad MacLeish, Laurence Olivier, Robert Speaight, Alix Stone, Syblil Thorndike, Thornton Wilder, and W. B. Yeats.

Biographical / Historical

English actor and producer connected with the revival of poetic and religious drama in England, Browne was responsible for the first production (1935) of T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral and produced all of Eliot's subsequent plays. He was director of the Pilgrim Players, the Mercury Theatre (1945-?) and the British Drama League (1945-1957), visiting professor at the Program in Religious Drama at Union Theological Seminary, N.Y. (1957-1962), and Honorary Drama Adviser to the New Coventry Cathedral in England (1962- ).


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Promptbooks and annotated copies
  2. II. Plays
  3. III. Correspondence
  4. IV. Clippings
  5. V. Photographs
  6. VI. Books and periodicals
  7. VII. Books, articles and lectures
  8. ___A. Works by E. Martin Browne
  9. ___B. Works by various authors
  10. VIII. Drawings and designs
  11. IX. Recordings
  12. X. Honors
  13. XI. Playbills

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-133. Gift of Mrs. A. Browne; received: 1983 October 13.

Browne, E. Martin (Elliott Martin), 1900-. E. Martin Browne papers, 1925-1975: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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