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Robert Woodruff Anderson

Robert Woodruff Anderson, American playwright, novelist, screenwriter. Recipient 1st prize for Come Marching Home Army-Navy Playwriting Contest for servicemen overseas, 1945, William Inge Lifetime Achievement award 1985; named to Theater Hall of Fame, 1980; honoree Connecticut Commission on the Arts, 1992.

Background

  • Anderson, Robert Woodruff was born on April 28, 1917 in New York City. Son of James Hewston and Myra Esther (Grigg) Anderson.

  • Education

    • AB magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1939. Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1940.

    Career

    • Teacher playwriting American Theatre Wing, 1946-1950. Writer for radio and television, 1947-1953. Independent playwright, author, screenwriter, 1951—2009.

      Member Playwrights Company, 1953-1960. Faculty Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, 1968, Iowa Writers Workshop, 1976.

    Works

    • Getting Up and Going Home
    • From "A Special Message to the Members of the First Edition Society": "I find that readers and playgoers are fascinated by he creative process involved in writing.

    Membership

    Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member Dramatists Guild Council (past president), New Dramatists Committee (past president), Harvard Club (New York City).

    Connections

    • Married Phyllis Stohl, June 24, 1940 (deceased 1956). Married Teresa Wright, December 11, 1959 (divorced 1978).
    • father: James Hewston Anderson
    • mother: Myra Esther (Grigg) Anderson
    • spouses: Phyllis Stohl
    • Teresa Wright
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    Born April 28, 1917
    Died February 9, 2009
    (aged 91)
    Nationality
    • 1939
      Harvard University
    • 1940
      Harvard University
    • 1946 - 1950
      Teacher, playwriting American Theatre Wing
    • 1947 - 1953
      writer, for radio and television
    • 1953 - 1960
      member, Playwrights Company
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