Authorship and Adaptation: The Public Personas of Television Anthology Writers
Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 25(4), 271–285., September 2008
Jonathan B. Kraszewski, Ph.D.
Department of Communication and the Arts
In this essay I recount the fascinating history of the way that television anthology writers developed public personas as authors. Between 1955 and 1962, writers created their identities as television authors in the pages of their book collections and in the publicity for their motion picture adaptations. Each venue offered writers extended space to craft their identities as television authors. In both venues, writers presented themselves as artists, debated the merits of mass culture, praised television as an artistic medium and lampooned the industry for caring more about commerce than aesthetics. This allowed writers to identify themselves with contemporary intellectuals and not with network bosses or advertising agency executives.