Maxwell Anderson

Playwright Maxwell Anderson

Full Name: James Maxwell Anderson
Profession: Playwright

United States of America

Biography: Maxwell Anderson was an American writer that began his career as a journalist, during which time he wrote his first plays. After the successful reception of his second play, he resigned from journalism and began to write as a dramatist full-time.

He not only wrote plays but also adapted his own and other authors' plays and novel for film versions, including All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and Death Takes a Holiday (1934).

With Andrew Solt, he adapted his play Joan of Lorraine (1946) into a screenplay which would become Joan of Arc (1948) starring Ingrid Bergman.

Born: December 15, 1888
Birthplace: Atlantic, Pennsylvania, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: February 28, 1959 (aged 70)
Cause of Death: Stroke

Historical Events

  • 1927-01-26 Maxwell Anderson's play "Saturday's Children" premieres in New York City
  • 1933-03-06 Maxwell Anderson's play "Both your Houses" premieres in NYC
  • 1935-09-25 Maxwell Anderson's play "Winterset" premieres in NYC
  • 1937-01-09 Maxwell Anderson's stage drama "High Tor" premieres at Martin Beck Theatre, NYC; runs for 171 performances, wins Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play
  • 1937-02-08 Maxwell Anderson's dramatic play "Masque of Kings" premieres in NYC
  • 1939-11-27 Maxwell Anderson's play "Key Largo" premieres in NYC
  • 1941-10-22 Maxwell Anderson's play "Candle in the Wind" premieres in NYC
  • 1942-10-07 Maxwell Anderson's "Eve of St Mark" premieres in NYC
  • 1949-10-30 "Lost in the Stars" by Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill, based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton opens at Music Box Theater NYC for 281 performances
  • 1950-07-01 Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill's "Lost in the Stars", based on Alan Paton's novel "Cry the Beloved Country", closes at Music Box Theater, NYC, after 281 performances
  • 1954-12-08 Maxwell Anderson's "Bad Seed" premieres in NYC
  • 1972-04-18 Revival of Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's musical "Lost in the Stars" based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 39 performances

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