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   Maurice J. Valency Papers 1945-1963.

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Maurice Valency Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

Maurice Valency was a mid 20th Century playwright working in New York City. This collection contains manuscripts of articles, plays, teleplays, librettos, and the first draft of the book, The Flower and the Castle: An Introduction to Modern Drama, written by Valency.

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079425 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Valency, Maurice Jacques, 1903-
Title:Maurice J. Valency Papers 1945-1963.
Physical description:1.5 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Language(s):Material is primarily in English with some French and German
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

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Description

Scope and Content

Collection is comprised primarily of scripts and manuscripts of plays and adaptations written by Valency. Prominent among the manuscripts are the scripts of his celebrated English versions of Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot and Ondine, both of which contain his autograph corrections and emendations, as well as the script for the opera bouffe, La Perichole, which was performed during the New York Metropolitan Opera's 1956-1957 season. Also present in the collection are scripts and manuscripts of Valency's The Apollo of Bellac, The Thracian Horses, A Double Life, The Better Half, a German adaptation of Valency's The Thracian Horses for Swiss television, as well as newspaper and magazine clippings, telegrams, and the typescript, bearing autograph notations, of Valency's study of modern drama entitled The Flower and the Castle, which was published in 1963.

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 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Maurice Valency Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 01/2011 Ellen Reece, Pratt Institute, 2011

Finding aid written 01/2011 Ellen Reece, Pratt Institute, 2011

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2011-02-14 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Giraudoux, Jean, 1882-1944.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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Autographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scripts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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College teachers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Faculty.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Drama.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dramatists.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
French literature.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Giraudoux, Jean, 1882-1944.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Literature, Comparative--Study and teaching.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Literature--Adaptations.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Offenbach, Jacques, 1819-1880.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Ritchard, Cyril, 1897-1977.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Valency, Maurice, 1903-1996.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Maurice Valency (1903-1996) was an American playwright, critic, author, and translator. Valency was born March 22, 1903 in New York City and was educated at the City College of New York and Columbia University.

Valency was a professor of comparative literature at Columbia University and taught dramatic literature at Julliard (where he also served as their director of academic studies) and Brooklyn College.

Valency was most active as a playwright in the 1940s and 1950s with such works as Ondine, The Madwoman of Chaillot (both adaptations from French dramatist Jean Giraudoux), The Visit (adapted from Swiss dramatist Friedrich Duerrenmatt), and La Perichole (adapted from German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach's opera bouffe).

Valency was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1960, which he used to complete his study of modern drama, The Flower and the Castle. Other awards and fellowships include a Ford Foundation Fellowship in 1958, The New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best foreign play in 1949 for his adaptation of The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best foreign play in 1954 for his adaptation of Ondine by Jean Giraudoux, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best foreign play in 1959 for his adaptation of The Visit by Friedrich Duerrenmatt. The Visit also was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 1959.

Maurice Valency died on September 28, 1996.

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