Monday, February 27, 2012

Hidden Treasure in Local History

Local history librarians had a big surprise today when they discovered an autographed copy of Kenyon Nicholson's play, "Sailor Beware!" in the collection. Kenyon Nicholson was born and raised in Crawfordsville, attended Wabash College, and served in France in World War I. His first play was written with Meredith Nicholson in 1921 and was titled, "Honor Bright." Kenyon had a successful career as a playwright and also worked in Hollywood. "Sailor Beware!" was written in collaboration with Charles Robinson in 1933; the film rights were sold to Paramount and the film was released in 1952, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, and an uncredited James Dean in one of his first speaking roles. The library's copy of the play is inscribed: "With many thanks, for battling the Jack Marcos et al! Best wishes, Ken Nicholson. N.Y.C. Sept. 4, 1935." The book is on display now on the second floor of the library.

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