Waiting for Lefty
Download "Clifford Odets Chronology"
Clifford Odets (1906-1963), dramatist, screenwriter and director, was born in Philadelphia, the son of Lithuanian Jewish immigrants. Odets grew up in New York's Bronx district, where his father ran a successful printing business. His early life was marked by his mother's emotional distance and his father's belligerence and materialism. He received little formal education, briefly attending New York's Morris High School but leaving before graduation, with the intention of writing poetry. His autocratic father forced Odets to reconsider, with the result that he turned to the theatre, performing in radio programmes and stock companies. Barely subsisting on the pittance such work paid, Odets was frequently despondent, and made several attempts to take his own life.
Download Clifford Odets's Biography from Literature Online, available from the Santa Monica Public Library
In His Own Words: Articles & Correspondence