Windham--Williams--Melton correspondence

Windham--Williams--Melton correspondence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Melton, Fred
Creator: Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983
Creator: Windham, Donald
Title: Windham--Williams--Melton correspondence
Dates: 1979
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Abstract:The collection consists of three-way correspondence between Mr. Fred Melton, Donald Windham, and Tennessee Williams regarding the publication of Tennessee Williams' letters to Donald Windham, which Williams denied agreeing to. An author named Dotson Radar published an untrue account of the situation in The London magazine. Windham sued for libel and won. This collection contains two letters from Windham to Melton regarding the situation, one from Williams to Melton, and one from Melton to London Magazine. The dates covered are August 6 and 13, and September 1 and 18 of 1979.
Coll. Number: ms2207

Biographical/Historical Note

"Williams, Tennessee (26 Mar. 1911-24 Feb. 1983), playwright, poet, and writer of fiction, was born Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus, Mississippi, the son of Cornelius Coffin Williams and Edwina Dakin... After receiving his degree in 1938, Williams began the itinerant life he was to continue to his death and that he would project onto many of his characters... After years of wanderings and a brief stint as a contract writer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Williams achieved artistic and commercial success with his dramatization of his St. Louis years, The Glass Menagerie (1945)." -- "Tennessee Williams." American National Biography Online. (Retrieved May 7, 2009)

Donald Windham, an author, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but resided mainly in New York (N.Y.).

Fred Melton moved to New York from Atlanta in 1939 with Donald Windham.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

London magazine.
Melton, Fred -- Correspondence
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983 -- Correspondence
Williams, Zinaide Vislaire -- Correspondence
Windham, Donald -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Windham--Williams--Melton correspondence, 1979, August 6,13, September 1, 18. MS 2207. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of the repository: Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell papers, [ca. 1940-1987].

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Windham--Williams--Melton correspondence, 1979