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Percival Wilde letters, 1941-1951

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Call No.: MS#1348
Bib ID 4079476 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Wilde, Percival, 1887-1953
Title Percival Wilde letters, 1941-1951
Physical Description 1 box (1 box (82 items))
Language(s) English .

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Letters and postcards from Wilde to Prof Paul Robinson Coleman-Norton, professor of classical philology at Princeton University. The letters are personal in content, reminiscing on their former association at Burgoyne Trail, a nudist camp, asking Coleman-Norton's professional aid, and giving some account of Wilde's current activities. Many of the letters are signed "Jimmy.".

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Percival Wilde letters; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

American playwright, novelist. Wilde was best known for his many one-act plays. Born in New York City, he attended Horace Mann High School and Columbia University from which he was graduated in 1906. Most of his career was devoted to writing plays, novels (detective stories) and scenarios for the motion pictures. Mr. Wilde was a member of the Authors Club, The Players, The American Dramatists, and a member of the advisory board of the Mystery Writers of America. Among his books are DAWN AND OTHER ONE-ACT PLAYS; CONFESSIONAL AND OTHER AMERICAN PLAYS; THE UNSEEN HOST AND OTHER WAR PLAYS; and DESIGN FOR MURDER.