|Creator:||Maxwell, Gilbert, 1910-|
|Title:||Gilbert Maxwell papers|
|Quantity:||1.0 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 half box)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of papers of Gilbert Maxwell from 1931-1979. Includes published and unpublished manuscripts including an unpublished biography of Tallulah Bankhead; correspondence; reviews; poetry; literary contracts; and photographs relating to Maxwell's activities as an author, editor, and educator. The correspondence contains several letters (1934-1946) from Maxwell to his mother, Maude Maxwell. The letters discuss Maxwell's writings, publication and readings of his works, his production of radio programs, Maxwell's anti-war stance, his involvement with the Federal Writers' and Federal Theatre Projects, and various jobs he held to support himself while writing. The collection also contains drafts of sections of biographies of Tallulah Bankhead, Ruth St. Denis, and Joan Crawford, as well as several examples of Maxwell's poetry. Also featured are more than 50 photographs of Maxwell, both professional and personal, plus reviews of his work.|
Gilbert Maxwell (1910-1979), was an actor, author, editor, and educator, and was born in Washington, Georgia.
Gilbert Maxwell was a multitalented man of letters. On the strength of critical praise for his first book of lyric poetry, Look to the Lightning (1933), Maxwell won a scholarship to Rollins College, where he majored in creative writing and drama. After leaving school he continued to publish poetry, while working as an editor of poetry reviews and as an actor with the Federal Theatre project in Atlanta. Maxwell spent most of his professional life in New York City, working primarily as a freelance editor, but also as a novelist ( The Sleeping Trees, 1949), biographer ( Tennessee Williams and Friends, 1965), lecturer, and actor. A volume of selected poems, Go Looking, was published in 1954. Maxwell moved to Miami in 1970, and wrote intermittently until his death.
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Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Gilbert Maxwell papers. MS 2350. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.