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Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of Prologue to Glory

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Playwright ELLSWORTH PROUTY CONKLE was born in Peru in 1899 and was a graduate of Peru State Teachers College, UNL, Yale, and the University of Iowa, where he received a doctorate in playwriting. Among his more than fifty one-act and full-length plays are Creek Bottom Plays (1928) and Prologue to Glory, a Broadway success named one of the ten best plays of 1938, which led to a stint writing a CBS radio drama called Honest Abe (1940-41). His play Minnie Field was chosen for John Gassner's 1949 edition of 25 Best Plays of Modern America. In addition to writing plays, he developed and led the playwriting program at the University of Texas — Austin Department of Drama. Among his students at Iowa and Texas were Tennessee Williams, Pat Hingle, Tommy Tune, and Fess Parker. He died in 1994.

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