name = Edward Sheldon
birthdate = 1886
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
deathdate = death date and age|1946|04|1|1886|0|0 (
New York City, New York, U.S.
occupation = playwright
nationality = American
Edward Brewster Sheldon (1886,
Chicago, Illinois– April 1, 1946, New York City) was an American dramatist. His plays include "Salvation Nell" (1908) and "Romance" (1913), which was made into a motion picture with Greta Garbo.
After becoming ill at age 29 with crippling
rheumatoid arthritis, which eventually claimed his sight (around 1930), Sheldon became a source of emotional and creative support for his many friends, including such luminaries of the literary and theatrical world as Minnie Maddern Fiske(he wrote Salvation Nell for her), Julia Marlowe, John Barrymore, Thornton Wilder, Alexander Woollcott, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Ruth Gordon, Helen Hayes(his sister-in-law), and many others.
A 1936 lawsuit against
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayerfor copyright infringement claimed that the script MGM used for the 1932 motion picture " Letty Lynton" plagiarized material from the play "Dishonored Lady" by Sheldon and Margaret Ayer Barnes. The film is still unavailable today because of this lawsuit.
His life is detailed in "The Man Who Lived Twice" by
Eric Wollencott Barnes.
* "Salvation Nell" (1908), made into the 1915, 1921, and 1931 motion pictures of the same name
* "The Nigger" (1909), made into the 1915 motion picture of the same name (aka "The New Governor")
* "The Boss" (1911), made into the 1915 motion picture of the same name
* "The High Road" (1912), made into the 1915 motion picture of the same name
* "Romance" (1913), notable for its London run of 1,049 performances. Also made into the 1931 motion picture starring
Greta Garbo. Produced in New York as a musical, "My Romance", with music by Sigmund Rombergand book and lyrics by Rowland Leigh, in 1948.
* "The Song of Songs" (1914), dramatization of the novel by
Hermann Sudermann, made into films in 1918 ("The Song of Songs"), 1924 ("Lily of the Dust"), and 1933 ("The Song of Songs", starring Marlene Dietrich, Brian Aherne, and Lionel Atwill)
* "The Garden of Paradise" (1914), from "
The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen
* "The Jest" (1919), adaptation from the Italian of
* "The Czarina" (1922), adaptation of the Hungarian play by
Melchior Lengyeland Lajos Biró
* "Bewitched" (1924), with
* "Lulu Belle" (1926), with
Charles MacArthur, made into the 1948 motion picture of the same name
* "Jenny" (1929), with
Margaret Ayer Barnes
* "Dishonored Lady" (1930), with Margaret Ayer Barnes, made into the 1947 motion picture of the same name, starring
Hedy Lamarrand directed by Robert Stevenson (alternate title "Sins of Madeleine")
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* [http://www.harvardmag.com/archive/01ma/ma01_feat_vita_sheldon.html "Harvard Magazine" article, with portrait]
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