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Maxwell Anderson (I) (1888–1959)

James Maxwell Anderson was born in Atlantic, Pennsylvania, on December 15, 1888 to William Lincoln Anderson and Charlotte Perrimela (Stephenson) Anderson. The second child born to the couple, Anderson spent his formative years on his maternal grandmother's farm in Atlantic before the family moved to Andover, Ohio when he was three years old. His ... See full bio »

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 1998 Meet Joe Black (earlier screenplay - inspiration)
 1985 The Bad Seed (TV Movie) (based upon the play by)
 1975 Valley Forge (TV Movie) (play)
 1974 Lost in the Stars (play)
 1970 Teatro de siempre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1968 Elizabeth the Queen (TV Movie) (play "Elizabeth the Queen")
 1966 Barefoot in Athens (TV Movie) (play)
 1966 The Star Wagon (TV Movie) (play)
 1963 The Bad Seed (play "The Bad Seed")
 1962 Golden Showcase (TV Series) (play "Saturday's Children" - 1 episode)
- Saturday's Children (1962) ... (play "Saturday's Children")
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Wingless Victory (1961) ... (play)
 1959 Ben-Hur (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1959 Winterset (TV Movie) (play)
 1959 Grande Teatro Tupi (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1959 Vintersolhverv (TV Movie) (play)
 1959 Johanna aus Lothringen (TV Movie) (play "Joan of Lorraine")
 1959 Never Steal Anything Small (play "The Devil's Hornpipe")
 1958 Vertigo (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Winterset (1958) ... (play)
 1957 TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Star Wagon (1957) ... (play)
 1956 The Wrong Man (screen play) / (story)
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Key Largo (1956) ... (play)
 1956 The Bad Seed (play)
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- High Tor (1956) ... (writer)
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Masque of Kings (1955) ... (play)
  Shower of Stars (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1954) (teleplay "A Christmas Carol" - 1 episode, 1954)
- A Christmas Carol (1954) ... (adaptation) / (teleplay "A Christmas Carol")
 1952 Omnibus (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1952 What Price Glory (play)
 1951-1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes)
- Saturday's Children (1952) ... (play - episodes 1.03 and 1.13)
- Winterset (1951) ... (play)
  Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 4 episodes, 1951) (book - 1 episode, 1950)
- The Buccaneer (1951) ... (play)
- Night Over Taos (1951) ... (play)
- Valley Forge (1951) ... (play - episodes 1.07, 1.20, 1.21 and 1.37)
- Mary of Scotland (1951) ... (play - episodes 1.07, 1.20, 1.21 and 1.37)
- Knickerbocker Holiday (1950) ... (book)
 1950 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Saturday's Children (1950) ... (play)
 1950 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- High Tor (1950) ... (play)
 1950 Kraft Theatre (TV Series) (play "Valley Forge" - 1 episode)
- Valley Forge (1950) ... (play "Valley Forge")
 1948 Joan of Arc (play "Joan of Lorraine") / (screenplay)
 1948 Key Largo (based on the play by)
 1948 A la sombra del puente (play)
 1946 The Masque of Kings (TV Movie) (play)
 1945 Winterset (TV Movie) (play)
 1944 The Eve of St. Mark (play)
 1944 Knickerbocker Holiday (from the play by)
 1940 Saturday's Children (based on the play by: Pulitzer Prize)
 1939 The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (from the stage play by)
 1936 Winterset (play)
 1936 Mary of Scotland (from the play by)
 1935 Maybe It's Love (based on a play by)
 1935 The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1934 We Live Again (screen adaptation)
 1934 Death Takes a Holiday (screenplay)
 1932 Washington Merry-Go-Round (story)
 1932 Rain (screen adaptation)
 1931 The Guardsman (excerpt from play "Elizabeth the Queen" - uncredited)
 1931 Women of All Nations (characters)
 1930 One Romantic Night (adaptation)
 1930 All Quiet on the Western Front (adaptation & dialogue)
 1929 The Cock-Eyed World (story)
 1929 Saturday's Children (play)
 1926 What Price Glory (play)
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Stage: Wrote "High Tor", produced on Broadway. Fantasy. Production designed by Jo Mielziner. Directed / produced by Guthrie McClintic. Martin Beck Theatre: 9 Jan 1937-Jun 1937 (closing date unknown/171 performances). Cast: Peggy Ashcroft (as "Lise"), Burgess Meredith (as "Van van Dorn"), Will Archie (as "Second Sailor"; final Broadway... See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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I believe with [Johann Wolfgang Goethe] that dramatic poetry is man's greatest achievement on earth so far, and I believe with the early [George Bernard Shaw] that the theatre is essentially a cathedral of the spirit, devoted to the exaltation of men and boasting an apostolic succession of inspired high poets which extends further into the past than the Christian line of St. Peter. See more »


His oldest son Quentin (with wife Margaret; b. 1914 in Minnewauken, North Dakota; d. 2003) was a professor at Columbia Univiversity from 1939-1981. A noted literary critic and cultural historian, he was an expert on 19th-century American literature. Among his books are "The American Henry James" (1957), "The Imperial Self" (1971), and "Making Americans" (1992). See more »


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