26 by Corwin
26 by Corwin
Norman Corwin is one of those landmark individuals in the history of
old-time radio. The shows he brought to radio are among the finest
that radio produced. Two classic examples of these are "We Hold These
Truths", a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Bill of
Rights, and "On a Note of Triumph", commemorating the Allied victory
in Europe. (See Columbia Presents & Orson Welles)
CBS, for whom Mr. Corwin worked his magic, was quick to realize his
abilities, and offered him the opportunity to use talents for the
prestigious Columbia Workshop. This was to become "TWENTY-SIX BY
CORWIN", presented as part of the Workshop. Although the title
suggests 26 shows, there were actually 27 broadcasts, containing 2
repeats. This series-within-a-series is considered by many to be
one of the true gems of dramatic radio.
Four of these shows were selected for inclusion in a 1996 National
Public Radio broadcast entitled THIRTEEN BY CORWIN. They are "Radio
Primer", "The Odyssey of Runyon Jones", "Decent of the Gods" and
"Mary and the Fairy". These four are listed below.
Mr. Corwin published some of the scripts for the series in "13 by
Corwin" (1942) and "More by Corwin" (1944). There may have been
additional books containing scripts from this series. Although both
are out of print, they are available in the used book market.
Mr. Corwin would go on to produce other series for CBS, notably
"Columbia Presents Corwin" and "An American In England".
41/05/04 1 Radio Primer
41/06/08 6 Odyssey of Runyon Jones
41/08/17 15 Old Testament Trilogy Pt 2 Esther
41/08/31 17 Mary and the Fairy