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Ruth and Augustus Goetz papers

Title
Ruth and Augustus Goetz papers, 1930-1966.
Author
Goetz, Ruth.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-003 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-003 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
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Description
15 lf + scrapbooks and oversized material.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Personal papers.
  • Business records.
  • Correspondence.
  • Scripts.
  • Clippings.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Goetz, Ruth
Biography (note)
  • Ruth Goodman Goetz (1912- ) and Augustus Goetz (1899-1957) collaborated on writing plays and screenplays.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
Processing Action (note)
  • Processed
Call Number
*T-Mss 1999-003
Author
Goetz, Ruth.
Title
Ruth and Augustus Goetz papers, 1930-1966.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The Ruth and Augustus Goetz papers span 1900-1996, and consist of correspondence, manuscripts, family papers, production materials, scripts, photographs, clippings, ephemera, several ledgers and scrapbooks, and other materials concerning the work of Ruth and Augustus Goetz. Includes papers relating to Ruth Goetz's parents, Philip Goodman and Lily Cartun Goodman, correspondence, and manuscripts of the Goetzes' play THE HIDDEN RIVER. The Goodman family papers date from the early decades of the twentieth century, when Ruth's father Philip Goodman was producing Broadway shows. The papers are especially rich in scripts, and contain early drafts and handwritten revisions of a number of plays, both produced and unproduced, the majority being Ruth's projects after Augustus' death in 1957. Scripts by other playwrights such as James M. Cain, Don DeLillo, John Guare, and Tina Howe are also included. Some material relating to the Goetzes' work comes from the files of their literary agent, Leah Salisbury. Personal papers consist of datebooks, journals, and address books, biographical materials, articles, essays, speeches by Ruth Goetz, some writings by Philip Goodman, and photographs of family and friends. Correspondees include Peggy Ashcroft, Aaron Copland, Olivia de Havilland, John Gielgud, Moss and Kitty Hart, Lillian Hellman, Al Hirschfeld, S. J. Perelman, Ralph Richardson, Stephen Sondheim, Gore Vidal, and William Wyler.
Biography
Ruth Goodman Goetz (1912- ) and Augustus Goetz (1899-1957) collaborated on writing plays and screenplays. Ruth Goodman Goetz was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on January 12, 1912, the only child of Lily Cartun Goodman and Philip Goodman (1885-1940), a theatrical producer and writer. Ruth grew up in New York City, studied scenic design with Norman Bel Geddes while still a teenager, and later worked for the Alfred A. Knopf publishing house. In 1932, she married Augustus Otto Goetz, a stockbroker who gave up his Wall Street job soon afterwards to pursue a writing career. They collaborated on several plays over the next several years, including FRANKLIN STREET (1940), ONE MAN SHOW (1945), and, most successfully, THE HEIRESS (1947), starring Wendy Hiller and Basil Rathbone, based on Henry James' novel WASHINGTON SQUARE. The Goetzes also adapted this play for Paramount's 1949 film version, which starred Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, and Ralph Richardson. They also adapted Theodore Dreiser's novel SISTER CARRIE for the screen. After returning to New York in the mid 1950s, the Goetzes adapted two more novels for the stage, Andre Gide's THE IMMORALIST (1954) and Storm Jameson's THE HIDDEN RIVER (1957). Augustus Goetz died in September of 1957. Ruth Goetz continued to work with other collaborators on various projects in the years that followed, and has served on the boards of a number of professional and political organizations.
Producer and playwright Philip Goodman, father of Ruth Goetz, was born in Philadelphia in 1885. He came to New York as a young man, worked on a magazine edited by Theodore Dreiser, and later went into the advertising business. In the early 1920s Goodman persuaded his friend, journalist Don Marquis, to write a play. After the great success of Marquis' THE OLD SOAK, Goodman ventured further into theater, producing the musical comedy POPPY (1923) starring W.C. Fields. Other Goodman productions include DEAR SIR (1924), THE RAMBLERS (1926), THE WILD MAN OF BORNEO (1927) by Marc Connelly and Herman J. Mankiewicz, AMONG THE MARRIED (1929), and WASHINGTON HEIGHTS (1931). In his last years, Goodman devoted himself to writing plays and his memoirs. He died of a heart ailment on July 20, 1940, at the age of 55.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository and on the Internet.
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Occupation
Dramatists.
Screenwriters.
Added Author
Goetz, Augustus.
Goodman, Philip, 1885-1940.
Goodman, Lily Cartun.
Salisbury, Leah.
Cain, James M. (James Mallahan), 1892-1977.
DeLillo, Don.
Guare, John.
Howe, Tina.
Ashcroft, Peggy, 1907-1991.
Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990.
De Havilland, Olivia.
Gielgud, John, 1904-2000.
Hart, Moss, 1904-1961.
Carlisle, Kitty, 1910-2007.
Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984.
Hirschfeld, Al.
Perelman, S. J. (Sidney Joseph), 1904-1979.
Richardson, Ralph, Sir, 1902-1983.
Sondheim, Stephen.
Vidal, Gore, 1925-2012.
Wyler, William, 1902-1981.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1999-003
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