Years of the Electric Ear: Norman Corwin

Overview

Norman Corwin is a Bostonian who at 17 started on a course which led him ultimately into almost all of the media. For ten years a newspaperman, he then moved into radio and served as a writer-director-producer for CBS in the heyday of that network's glory with such memorable series as 26 by Corbin, Columbia Presents Corwin, and such milestones in broadcasting as the four-network We Hold These Truths, and On a Note of Triumph
Corwin has written and directed stage plays, radio ...

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Overview

Norman Corwin is a Bostonian who at 17 started on a course which led him ultimately into almost all of the media. For ten years a newspaperman, he then moved into radio and served as a writer-director-producer for CBS in the heyday of that network's glory with such memorable series as 26 by Corbin, Columbia Presents Corwin, and such milestones in broadcasting as the four-network We Hold These Truths, and On a Note of Triumph
Corwin has written and directed stage plays, radio dramas and three cantatas, one of which was performed in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. He wrote the screenplay for Lust for Life, which won him a Golden Globes Award and Academy nomination, and brought Anthony Quinn an 'scar for his performance as Gauguin.
Corwin's oral history, Years of the Electric Ear, conducted by Douglas Bell for the Director's Guild of America and a foreword by Charles Champlin, is especially notable for its unique critical and historical perspective on the rise of radio drama as an entertainment art form. Also of value to researchers are the appendixes listing Corwin's extensive body of work by date and medium.
Corwin has received 24 major awards in media and the humanities, and in 1993 was enrolled in the Radio Hall of Fame. Author of 19 published books, five produced stage plays, and numerous movie and TV works, his professional and academic credits include lectureships at five major universities. He was a member of the Board of Governors and First Vice-President of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Editorial Reviews

DGA News
...leaves the reader hungry for more...
Past Times
...fascinating...Bell...is thorough and persistent in his inquiries without being obtrusive, drawing out the articulate poet on his favorite subject...
Communication Booknotes Quarterly
...a series of cogent and informative interviews conducted in 1987 by Douglas Bell of Norman Corwin-the medium's greatest writer and director of the radio drama. Los Angeles Times arts editor emeritus, Charles Champlin, praises this oral history and its subject lavishly and astutely...This oral history is a valuable addition to the writing about the medium's greatest scribe.
Book Review
...you simply owe it to yourself to have it in your library.
Booknews
In a series of interviews in 1987, Corwin (born 1910) recounts his long career that includes writing and directing stage plays, radio dramas, and cantatas. Of particular interest is his part in and perspective on the rise of radio drama as an entertainment art form. Includes chronological lists of his works by genre. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Douglas Bell, born in Illinois, has worked in Hollywood since 1983. He began this project in 1986 under the auspices of David Shepard, then DGA Special Projects Officer. After conducting four oral histories for the DGA, he has transcribed and translated a book-length interview with Samuel Fuller which had been conducted by Cahiers du Cinema and published in French as It Etait une Fois...Samuel Fuller. Bell has been employed as a historian since 1989 by the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.

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