An imaginative series produced in cooperation with the New York Public Library, Life and Works offered an intriguing double bill: the adaptation of a significant work of American literature, coupled with a short bio-play dramatizing the life of the author. Each of these is introduced by a guest commentator. We offer here examples of four in the series, all directed by Mitchell Grayson.
"Three Soldiers," by John Dos Passos. Adapted by Edward Goldberger.
"Knickerbocker's History of New York," by Washington Irving. Adapted by Edward Goldberger. Guest commentator: Warren Bauer.
Courtesy of NYC Municipal Archives.
"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," by Mark Twain. Adapted by Richard Pack. Guest commentator: Harry Miller Leidenberg, director of the New York Public Library. Dramatization of Twain's life written by Louis M. Horowitz.
"Last of the Mohicans," by James Fenimore Cooper. Adapted by Edward Goldberger. Guest commentator: Warren Bauer. Dramatization of Cooper's life written by Louis H. Horowitz.
Audio courtesy of NYC Municipal Archives. Scripts courtesy of the WNYC Archive Collections.