Gilbert Maxwell papers

Gilbert Maxwell papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Maxwell, Gilbert, 1910-
Title: Gilbert Maxwell papers
Dates: 1931-1979
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 Includes published and unpublished manuscripts including an unpublished biography of Tallulah Bankhead; correspondence; reviews; poetry; literary contracts; and photographs relating to Maxwell's activities as an author, editor, and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.
Coll. Number: ms2350

Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

American literature--20th century
Authors, American--Georgia.
Bankhead, Tallulah, 1902-1968
Federal Theatre Project (U.S.).
Federal Writers' Project.
Manuscripts (document genre)
Radio--United States.
Theater--United States.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gilbert Maxwell papers. MS 2350. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Biographical Information
2Personal Correspondence, 1931
3Personal Correspondence, 1933
4Personal Correspondence, 1934
5Personal Correspondence, 1935
6Personal Correspondence, 1936
7Personal Correspondence, 1937
8Personal Correspondence, 1938
9Personal Correspondence, 1939
10Personal Correspondence, 1940
11Personal Correspondence, 1941
12Personal Correspondence, 1942
13Personal Correspondence, 1943
14Personal Correspondence, 1944
15Personal Correspondence, 1945
16Personal Correspondence, 1946
17Personal Correspondence, 1947
18Personal Correspondence, 1961-1964
19Personal Correspondence, 1979
20Fragments, Undated
20Personal Correspondence
21Correspondence- The Adolescent Heart (Tallulah Bankhead Biography)
2Tallulah Bankhead Research
3 The Adolescent Heart (fragmented typescript)
4 Celestial Star (w. coauthor; typescript) (Ruth St. Denis Biography)
5Correspondence- Great Stone Face (Joan Crawford Biography)
6 Great Stone Face (typescript, c. 1) (Prologue and Outline)
7 Great Stone Face (typescript, c. 2) (Prologue and Outline)
8 Faces in Those Days (Prospectus for Book)
11Novel (typescript, p. 1-163) (Untitled; Unnamed Author)
12Novel (typescript, p. 164-238) (Untitled; Unnamed Author)
13High School Graduation Speech
31Editorial Reports to Sonia
2Sonia's "Toopy" Novel (w. revisions) (typescript, p. 1-124)
3Sonia's "Toopy" Novel (w. revisions) (typescript, p. 125-243)
4Collected Excerpts From Reviews
6Promotional Flyers, Programs, Announcements
7Interview-Federal Theatre Project, 1977
9Clippings/Printed Material-Tallulah Bankhead
10Clippings/Printed Material-Diana Barrymore
11Clippings/Printed Material-Washington, Ga.
12Clippings/Printed Material-Tennessee Williams
13Clippings/Printed Material-Miscellaneous
14High School Diploma
15Personal Photos
16Publicity Photos
17Photos of Others