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Emlyn Williams papers

Title
Emlyn Williams papers, 1941-1986.
Author
Williams, Emlyn, 1905-1987.

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Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1993-026Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Additional Authors
Crawley, Robert.
Description
.25 lin. ft. (1 box).
Subjects
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Walters, Corey (?)
Biography (note)
  • Emlyn Williams was an actor, director, novelist, essayist, and playwright best known for NIGHT MUST FALL and THE CORN IS GREEN.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 1993-026
Author
Williams, Emlyn, 1905-1987.
Title
Emlyn Williams papers, 1941-1986.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Summary
The Emlyn Williams papers consist of correspondence, clippings, photographs, and various materials relating to the one-person show in which Williams portrayed Charles Dickens. The material relating to Williams' Dickens impersonation dates back to his earliest appearances in the role in 1951, and includes numerous playbills, clippings, press releases, and other documents. Most of the correspondence in this collection is with Robert Crawley and pertains to a proposed film version of Williams' novel HEADLONG. After Williams' death the film was eventually produced under the title KING RALPH (1991), starring John Goodman.
Biography
Emlyn Williams was an actor, director, novelist, essayist, and playwright best known for NIGHT MUST FALL and THE CORN IS GREEN. Born in 1905 in Mostyn, Flintshire, Wales, where most of his family and friends mined coal, Emlyn Williams was inspired by a sympathetic teacher to pursue a theatrical and literary career. He acted in many plays and films, and also directed the movie THE LAST DAYS OF DOLWYN (1949) which marked the film debut of his fellow Welshman Richard Burton. From the early 1950s onward Williams toured in a one-person show in which he portrayed Charles Dickens. In his last years Williams was involved in setting up a film version of his novel HEADLONG. Emlyn Williams died on Sep. 25, 1987, at the age of 81.
Added Author
Crawley, Robert.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1993-026
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