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Barrie Stavis letter to Horst and Barbara Höhne


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American playwright and author Barrie Stavis wrote numerous dramas, including ones regarding historical figures Galileo, Joe Hill, John Brown, and the biblical Joseph.

Born June 16, 1906, in New York City, Barrie Stavis was the co-founder of New Stages (a cooperative Off-Broadway theater venture) in New York in 1947. Stavis’s play,

Lamp at Midnight: A Play about Galileo was first produced at New Stages Theatre on December 21, 1947.

Other notable plays written by Barrie Stavis include

The Man Who Never Died: A Play about Joe Hill (first produced at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in November 1955), Harpers Ferry: A Play about John Brown (first produced as Banners of Steel at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, on May 18, 1962) and Coat of Many Colors: A Play about Joseph in Egypt (first produced at the Pardoe Theatre of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on April 20, 1966).

Barrie Stavis, who also wrote a novel, short stories, articles, essays and historical nonfiction, died on February 2, 2007.

"Barrie Stavis." Contemporary Authors Online. (accessed April 2012).

Author and professor of English literature Horst Karl Heinrich Höhne and his wife Barbara Knick Höhne, a physician, were friends of Barrie Stavis.

Horst Karl Heinrich Höhne, who was born on September 13, 1927, in Neudiedersdorf, Germany, was Professor of English literature at the University of Rostock, in Rostock, Germany, from 1963 to 1992.

Höhne has contributed over one hundred scholarly articles, monographs, and reviews to periodicals, including: works on English literature, twentieth-century British drama, and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Two of the books written by Höhne are

Life and Literature: Essays (1996) and In Pursuit of Love: The Short and Troublesome Life and Work of Percy Bysshe Shelley (2000).

"Horst Karl Heinrich Höhne." Contemporary Authors Online. Contemporary Authors Online. (accessed April 2012).

In April of 1991, American playwright Barrie Stavis wrote this letter to the Höhnes to accompany the enclosed issue of

Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature, which contains Stavis's Lamp at Midnight: a Play about Galileo.

This issue of

Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature focused entirely on the work of Barrie Stavis and included the text of his play, Lamp at Midnight: A Play about Galileo. The letter also detailed the recent and future productions of Lamp at Midnight: A Play about Galileo, including the Hallmark Hall of Fame television production, which was broadcast on April 9, 1991, just two days prior to the writing of this letter.

Box 63, F0918: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Gift of David Westley, October 2011.

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, April 2012. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2012 April 25
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Barrie Stavis letter to Horst and Barbara Höhne, 1991 April 11.
Box 63 Folder F0918
Scope and Contents

Enclosed with the letter is the Fall-Winter 1990 issues of

Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature which contains Stavis's play Lamp at Midnight: A Play about Galileo , as well as essay on Stavis's work. The periodical is inscribed by Stavis to Barbara and Horst Höhne. Physical Description

2 item (ca. 310 p.)

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