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Writings, 1957-2013 (continued)
BOX 83-88 Memoirs, 1994-1998
Neil Simon wrote two memoirs: Rewrites (1996) and The Play Goes On (1999). This subseries consists of the drafts of each memoir which include manuscript notebooks and typescript pages. A folder of correspondence and publicity surrounding Rewrites release is also found here as well as a short diary maintained by Simon documenting that book's tour.
Arranged chronologically.
Rewrites
BOX-FOLDER 83/6 to 84/5 Notebooks, 1994-1995
Manuscripts
Note: Notebook in Box-Folder 84/5 also contains: "Everybody Wants Josie" [6] pages, remarks for "Neil Simon at the Neil Simon" event, "Sidney and Diana" [1] page, and unidentified
BOX-FOLDER 84/5 to 85/7 Drafts, 1994-1995
BOX-FOLDER 85/8 Book tour correspondence, diary, and publicity, 1996
The Play Goes On
BOX-FOLDER 86/1 to 87/1 Notebooks, 1996-1997
Manuscripts
Note: Notebook in Box-Folder 86/4 also contains: [3] pages from "The Dinner Party"; notebook in Box-Folder 86/8 also contains [2] pages from "The Dinner Party" and [10] pages from "Felix and Oscar: the Early Years"
BOX-FOLDER 87/2 to 88/2 Drafts, 1997-1998
The Play Goes On
BOX-FOLDER 86/1 to 87/1 Notebooks, 1996-1997
Manuscripts
Note: Notebook in Box-Folder 86/4 also contains: [3] pages from "The Dinner Party"; notebook in Box-Folder 86/8 also contains [2] pages from "The Dinner Party" and [10] pages from "Felix and Oscar: the Early Years"
BOX-FOLDER 87/2 to 88/2 Drafts, 1997-1998
BOX 88-89 Miscellaneous Writings, 1965-2013
Articles, speeches, and any other writings by Neil Simon are collected in this subseries. Simon's introductory essays to several of his collected works are also found here. Articles created for specific publications are noted when known. A volume of drawing prompts, "642 Things to Draw," is filled with Simon's written responses. Partial or complete drafts of several works listed here are also found in the Multiple Works sub-subseries under Scripts. For speeches and remarks made at award events, see Awards and Honors.
Arranged alphabetically by title.
BOX-FOLDER 88/3 "The 45 Seconds Piece," 2001
Note: Written for the New York Times
BOX-FOLDER 88/4 "642 Things to Draw," 2011
BOX-FOLDER 88/5 "Africa Hot," 1990
Note: Draft of introduction to "The Plays of Neil Simon, volume 3"
BOX-FOLDER 88/6 American Booksellers remarks, 1996
BOX-FOLDER 88/7 American Heritage article, 1994 July
BOX-FOLDER 88/8 "The Art of Hindsight," 1990-1991
Note: Introduction to "The Plays of Neil Simon, volume 3"
BOX-FOLDER 88/9 "As Time Flies By," 1979 June 2
Note: Introduction to "The Plays of Neil Simon, volume 2"
BOX-FOLDER 88/10 "The Automat," 1987
Note: Written for New York Magazine
BOX-FOLDER 88/11 "The Capitol-Caucus on the Arts," 1991 January
BOX-FOLDER 88/12 "Chicken Soup for the Soul Inspires a Play," 2001 November 11
Note: Written for the New York Times
BOX-FOLDER 88/13 "Christine Baranski," 1997
Note: Written for Esquire magazine
BOX-FOLDER 88/14 "A Complaint," undated
BOX-FOLDER 88/15 "A Fable," 2000
BOX-FOLDER 88/16 "For Ronald Swartz Book," 1997
BOX-FOLDER 88/17 "Gene Saks Tribute," 1990 October 15
BOX-FOLDER 88/18 "Has Anybody Here Seen God," undated
BOX-FOLDER 88/19 "Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's Off to Loaf He Goes," 1996 December 18
Note: Written for the Los Angeles Times
BOX-FOLDER 88/20 "How to Stop Writing and Other Impossibilities," 1997 September 23
BOX-FOLDER 88/21 "I Danced Better, Too," 1980
BOX-FOLDER 88/22 "Insights and Outsights, undated
BOX-FOLDER 88/23 "Introduction to 'The Odd Couple' I and II," 1998-1999
BOX-FOLDER 89/1 Larry Gelbart tribute, 1991
BOX-FOLDER 89/2 "The Last Time Around," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/3 Live magazine articles, 1996-1997
BOX-FOLDER 89/4 Lyrics for unidentified work, undated
Note: Written with Burt Bacharach
BOX-FOLDER 89/5 Manny Azenberg tribute from Anti-Defamation League, 1996 March 26
BOX-FOLDER 89/6 Memorial remarks, 1983-2012
Includes: Remarks on the deaths of Cy Coleman, Cy Feuer, Bob Fosse, Robert Fryer, Larry Gelbart, Joan Hackett, Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Henry, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Arthur Miller, Robert Moore, Joseph Papp, Herbert Ross
BOX-FOLDER 89/7 Miscellaneous notes, 2006-2007 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/8 "My Brother Danny," 2005
BOX-FOLDER 89/9 "My Life," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/10 "Neil Simon on Neil Simon: an Interview," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/11 "Neil Simon's New York, Then and Now," 2008
BOX-FOLDER 89/12 "Neil's later reflections," 2013
BOX-FOLDER 89/13 "Night Work," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/14 "Notes from the Playwright," 1977 November 7
BOX-FOLDER 89/15 "Notes on 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor'," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/16 "Nothing Personal," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/17 "Obituary" [Ben Brantley], undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/18 "Ode to Lower Back Sufferers," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/19 "On 'Death of a Salesman'," 1997
BOX-FOLDER 89/20 "A Playwright's Apologia," 1987 September 6
Note: Written for the New York Times
BOX-FOLDER 89/21 "Portrait of a Writer as a Schizophrenic," 1971 March 12
BOX-FOLDER 89/22 "Preface to Kennedy Press," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/23 "The Promises Trail," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/24 Proust Questionnaire, 2007
Note: Written for Vanity Fair
BOX-FOLDER 89/25 "A Rich Man's Problem," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/26 "Save the Children Speech," 1999
BOX-FOLDER 89/27 "Simon on Simon," 1979
BOX-FOLDER 89/28 "The Speech," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/29 "They Are the Sunshine of My Life," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/30 Title pages, circa 1970, 1997
BOX-FOLDER 89/31 "Vincent Sardi," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/32 "Waldorf Astoria Book Fair," 1999 September 26
BOX-FOLDER 89/33 "Warts," 1999
BOX-FOLDER 89/34 "We Must Talk," 2000
BOX-FOLDER 89/35 "What's the Reason for Writing," 2005 September 22
BOX-FOLDER 89/36 "Yankee, Stay Home," undated
BOX-FOLDER 89/37 [128] Untitled notebook, 1993 and undated
Contents:
  • Letter to David [Richards]; [7] pages
  • Friar's tribute speech; [7] pages
  • Friar's "Man of the Year" speech; [11] pages
  • [Laughter on the 23rd Floor] (play); [1] page
BOX-FOLDER 89/38 [129] Untitled notebook, undated
Contents:
  • Unidentified work; [5] pages
  • "Tea for Two" lyrics; [1] page
BOX-FOLDER 89/39 [130] Untitled notebook, undated
Contents:
  • Unidentified dialogue; [1] page
  • "Christine Baranski;" [3] pages
  • "Ahmanson Tribute - May 10th;" [7] pages
  • Draft letter to August Wilson; [1] page
  • "Insights and Outsights, a book of thoughts," [5] pages
BOX-FOLDER 89/40 Untitled writings, 1992, 2009, and undated
BOX 90-97, 110-111, 114-118, 124-125 Production Files, 1961-2018
This series contains clippings, correspondence, photographs, programs, reviews, and opening night notes connected to Neil Simon's productions. An original caricature by Al Hirschfeld is filed under The Odd Couple. Ephemera and photographs documenting international productions in 21 countries are also found here organized under the production title. Countries represented are Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
Arranged alphabetically by production title.
BOX-FOLDER 114/1 45 Seconds from Broadway (play), 2001
BOX-FOLDER 90/1 Actors and Actresses (play), 1983
BOX-FOLDER 90/2 Barefoot in the Park (play), 1963-1990
Includes: Photographs and material from productions in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom
BOX-FOLDER 90/3-5 Biloxi Blues (play), 1985-2018
Includes: Material from productions in Israel, Japan, and Russia; Box-Folder 90/4 includes photographs
BOX-FOLDER 90/6, 114/1 Biloxi Blues (motion picture), 1988
BOX-FOLDER 90/7-9, 110/1 Brighton Beach Memoirs (play), 1982-1993
Includes: Material from productions in Australia and the United Kingdom; Box-Folder 90/8 includes photographs
BOX 125 Brighton Beach Memoirs (play), 1986 March 13
Paperweight
BOX-FOLDER 91/1 Brighton Beach Memoirs (motion picture), 1986
Includes: Photographs
BOX-FOLDER 91/2-3, 110/1, 114/1 Broadway Bound (play), 1986-1993
Includes: Photographs and material from productions in the United Kingdom
BOX-FOLDER 91/4 Broadway Bound (television movie), 1992
BOX-FOLDER 91/5, 110/2, 114/2-3 California Suite (play), 1976-1977
Includes: Photographs; Box-Folder 114/2-3 contain a scrapbook
BOX-FOLDER 91/6, 110/2, 114/4 Chapter Two (play), 1977-1979, 1996, and undated
Includes: Photographs and material from productions in Hungary and United Kingdom; Box-Folder 114/4 contains a scrapbook
BOX-FOLDER 91/7 The Cheap Detective (motion picture), 1977
Includes: Photograph
BOX-FOLDER 91/8, 114/5 to 115/1 Come Blow Your Horn (play), 1961, 1963, 1981, 1987-1988
Includes: Material from productions in Australia and Turkey; Box-Folder 114/5 to 115/1 contains a scrapbook
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