Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hopkins, Edwin mss. consist of four unpublished plays by Edwin S. Hopkins, Jr. A playwright and translator, Hopkins was born October 8, 1876, in Indiana. His translations of Maxim Gorki from the early twentieth century have survived in published form, while his own plays no longer seem to be extant except in manuscript. He claimed in 1908 to be the inventor of the Hopkins talking motion pictures—"the first and only practicable combination of phonograph and cinematograph"—and served as President of the Playwrights League of New York. The manuscripts in this collection are Hopkins's own copies, reproduced from typescript: The Old Brick Walk; Her Future: a Drama in Four Acts; The Shop-Worn Wife; and The Secret of Sunset Lode.

Acquired: 2011

Collection size: 4 items

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