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Splendor in the Grass lobby card

Splendor in the Grass lobby card
Creator: Warner Brothers Pictures
Date: 1961
This polychrome-lithographed lobby card advertises the film "Splendor in the Grass." The screenplay for the 1961 film was written by William Inge and based on his personal experience growing up in Independence, Kansas. Inge won an Academy Award for this film.


William Inge

William Inge
Date: 1953
A portrait of playwright William Motter Inge, 1913-1973. Born in Independence, Kansas, Inge graduated from the University of Kansas, worked for a Wichita radio station, and taught in both high school and college. His play "Come Back, Little Sheba" brought him fame in 1949. In 1953, the play "Picnic" won a Pulitzer Prize and in 1955, "Bus Stop" received rave reviews. Inge drew upon his Kansas background for the characters and storylines in his plays.


William Inge's childhood home, Independence, Kansas

William Inge's childhood home, Independence, Kansas
Date: Between 1945 and 1955
William Inge's childhood home, located at 514 N. 4th Street in Independence, Kansas.


William Inge at the typewriter

William Inge at the typewriter
Creator: Pippin, Wilbur
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
Portrait of William Inge, 1913-1973, born in Independence, Kan., graduated from the University of Kansas, worked for a Wichita radio station, and taught in both high school and college before his play Come Back, Little Sheba brought him fame in 1949. In 1953, the play Picnic won him a Pulitzer Prize and in 1955, Bus Stop received rave reviews. Inge drew upon his Kansas background for the characters and storylines in his plays. This photograph shows Inge at the typewriter.


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