Howard, Sidney


Howard, Sidney

▪ American writer
in full  Sidney Coe Howard  
born June 26, 1891, Oakland, Calif., U.S.
died Aug. 23, 1939, Tyringham, Mass.

      American playwright who helped to bring psychological as well as theatrical realism to the American stage.

      Howard graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1915 and studied under George Pierce Baker at his Harvard Workshop 47. In World War I Howard served with the American ambulance corps and later was a captain in the U.S. Air Corps. He was on the editorial staff of the humour magazine Life in 1919–22 and in 1923 was a feature writer for William Randolph Hearst's International Magazine.

      Howard's best-known plays are They Knew What They Wanted (1924), a mellow story of an aging Italian immigrant in California and his mail-order bride that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1925 and was the basis of Frank Loesser's musical The Most Happy Fella (1957); The Silver Cord (1926), a devastating portrait of a mother and the effects of her possessiveness on her sons' lives; and Yellow Jack (1934, in collaboration with Paul de Kruif), a dramatized documentary of the conquest of yellow fever. Other works include Lute Song (1930, with Will Irwin), The Late Christopher Bean (1932, an adaptation from a French play by René Fauchois), and Dodsworth (1934, adapted from Sinclair Lewis' novel). In the 1930s Howard wrote a number of screenplays for Hollywood, notably the screen adaptations of Lewis' novels Arrowsmith (1931) and Dodsworth (1936) and Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (1939).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Howard, Sidney — (1891 1939)    Born in Oakland, California, the eminent playwright studied under George Pierce Baker in 1915 1916. He served in Europe during World War I, then wrote for Life magazine (1919 1922). He was married to actress Clare Eames from 1922… …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

  • Sidney Howard —  Ne doit pas être confondu avec Sydney Howard (en) (1884 1946), acteur britannique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sidney A. Ribeau — Sidney Ribeau is the current president of Howard University in Washington, D.C.. Prior to accepting the position at Howard, Ribeau was for 13 years the president of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Ribeau, a married father of three, is the …   Wikipedia

  • Sidney Howard — 1909 Sidney Howard (* 26. Juni 1891 in Oakland, Kalifornien; † 23. August 1939 in Tyringham, Massachusetts) war ein US amerikanischer Dramatiker. Howard war einer der populärsten amerikanischen Dramatiker in den 1920er und …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Howard Freeman — Dans Règlement de comptes à Abilene Town (1946) Données clés Nom de naissance …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sidney Moncrief — Sidney A. Moncrief (né le 21 septembre 1957 à Little Rock, Arkansas) est un ancien joueur de basket ball américain. Sommaire 1 Biographie 2 Clubs successifs 3 Palmarès …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sidney Godolphin, premier comte de Godolphin — Sidney Godolphin Peregrine Osborne Sidney Godolphin, 1er comte de Godolphin …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sidney Godolphin — Sidney Godolphin, 1er comte de Godolphin Naiss …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Sidney Rigdon — President of the Church Church of Jesus Christ of the Children of Zion April 6, 1845 ( …   Wikipedia

  • Sidney Sime — (1867 ndash; May 22 1941) was an English artist in the late Victorian and succeeding periods, mostly remembered for his fantastic and satirical artwork, especially his story illustrations for Irish author Lord Dunsany.LifeEarly lifeSime was born… …   Wikipedia