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Pollock, Channing, 1880-1946
Channing Pollock Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1868-1927 (mostly 1926-1927)
3 boxes and 1.05 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-3


Channing Pollock was a playwright, journalist, and lecturer. The correspondence deals primarily with two of his most famous plays, The Fool and The Enemy.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence of Pollock dealing primarily with his plays, The Fool and The Enemy. Correspondents include Clyde Fitch, John Galsworthy, Fannie Hurst, Clifford Odets, and Booth Tarkington.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject.

Collection Creator Biography:

Pollock, Channing, 1880-1946

Channing Pollock, playwright, journalist, and lecturer was born on March 4, 1880 in Washington D.C. The son of Alexander Lyon Pollock of the U.S. Weather Bureau, Pollock received a diverse education, starting in Omaha and Salt Lake City. He attended the Untergymnasium in Prague, had tutors in San Salvador, and enrolled at the Bethel Military Academy in Virginia. Pollock dropped out of this establishment early to write for the New York Dramatic Mirror. After working as a dramatic critic for several years, Pollock began writing plays himself. While extremely prolific as a writer, Pollock is best known for his two plays The Fool and The Enemy. With strong religious and anti-war messages, respectively, both plays received mixed reviews, but were ultimately quite popular and adapted for movies. Later in life Pollock began lecturing, adopting increasingly conservative opinions. He passed away in August, 1946 on Long Island.

Collection History


Gift of Mrs. Channing Pollock.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.

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Credit this material:

Channing Pollock Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-3

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The following sources were consulted during preparation of biographical note: American National Biography.

Subject Terms:
Actors -- 20th century.
Actresses -- 20th century.
American drama -- 20th century.
Dramatists, American -- 20th century.
Theater critics -- United States -- 20th century.
Genre Terms:
Correspondence -- 20th century