Lawson, John Howard

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LAWSON, JOHN HOWARD

LAWSON, JOHN HOWARD (1895–1977), U.S. playwright. With the 1925 production of his Processional, Lawson became known as a leading exponent of expressionist and social drama. His works include Loud Speaker (1927), a political farce; International (1927); Success Story (1932); Gentlewoman (1934); and Marching Song (1937), a labor drama. He also wrote The Hidden Heritage (1950), a cultural history of America, and Film: The Creative Process (1964). His thoughts on writing and film can be found in his Theory and Technique of Playwrighting (1936) and Film in the Battle of Ideas (1953).

bibliography:

G. Carr, The Left Side of Paradise: The Screenwriting of John Howard Lawson (1984).

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