Howard Dietz papers

Title
Howard Dietz papers, 1915-1976.
Author
Dietz, Howard, 1896-1983.
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5 linear feet (9 boxes )
Genre/Form
  • Correspondence.
  • Galley proofs.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
Biography (note)
  • Howard Dietz (1896-1983) was an important musical theater lyricist and motion picture publicist, who is well-known for his professional partnership with composer Arthur Schwartz, as well as for his long association with the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio.
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  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
JPB 06-31
OCLC
86107908
Author
Dietz, Howard, 1896-1983.
Title
Howard Dietz papers, 1915-1976.
Summary
The Howard Dietz papers mainly consist of materials from his autobiography, Dancing in the Dark: Words by Howard Dietz, (1974). The collection includes background materials, manuscripts, publicity materials and press coverage. Another component of the collection are items pertaining to parties and concerts organized by, or dedicated to Dietz, as well as materials from two exhibitions on Dietz's career. Some of the background materials in the collection date as far back as 1915, to Dietz's early career, but the bulk of the collection is material from the late sixties and the seventies. Highlights of this collection include the many drafts of the autobiography and photocopies of correspondence between Dietz and major figures in film and theater, including Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman, Dorothy Parker, Cole Porter, Clifton Webb, P. G. Wodehouse, and Alexander Woollcott.
Biography
Howard Dietz (1896-1983) was an important musical theater lyricist and motion picture publicist, who is well-known for his professional partnership with composer Arthur Schwartz, as well as for his long association with the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio. Born in New York City, Dietz was educated in public schools and attended Columbia University's School of Journalism. He worked as a contributing journalist and writer for various publications while at Columbia and simultaneously was an assistant at Phillip Goodman's advertising agency. During World War I, Dietz left Columbia to enlist in the United States Navy and edited the magazine Navy Life. After the war, Dietz worked as a motion picture promoter and publicist, joining M-G-M in 1924, where he would remain for thirty years and serve in many capacities, including stints as director of advertising and publicity and as a vice-president of the company. Dietz's second career as a lyricist developed and thrived in tandem with his publicity work. His first major Broadway hit came with the revue, The Little Show (1929), which also was his first show with Arthur Schwartz, who would become his most frequent collaborator. Throughout the early 1930s, Dietz and Schwartz continued to write hit revues, including Three's A Crowd (1930), The Band Wagon (1931), Flying Colors (1932), and At Home Abroad (1935) as well as book shows, such as Revenge with Music (1934) and Between the Devil (1937). In later years, Dietz devoted more of his time to his career as a publicist, taking occasional breaks to work on book shows, including Sadie Thompson (1944) with Vernon Duke, as well as The Gay Life (1961) and Jennie (1963) with Schwartz. Dietz was married three times; to Elizabeth Bigelow Hall, Tanis Guines, and costume designer Lucinda Ballard. He also was involved with various other administrative positions throughout his career, including serving a term as director of the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) from 1959-1961. In addition to his many other accomplishments, Dietz also was a painter, whose works received various exhibitions. In 1974, he published an autobiography, Dancing in the Dark: Words by Howard Dietz.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Lyricists.
Press agents.
Added Author
Ballard, Lucinda.
Gershwin, Ira, 1896-1983.
Kaufman, George S. (George Simon), 1889-1961.
Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967.
Porter, Cole, 1891-1964.
Webb, Clifton, 1889-1966.
Wodehouse, P. G. (Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975.
Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943.
Schwartz, Arthur, 1900-1984.
American Music Collection.
Research Call Number
JPB 06-31
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