Zilahy, Lajos (1891-1974)
Scope:
The Lajos Zilahy collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and printed material.

Manuscripts by Zilahy in the collection include drafts of The Dukays (1949); The Angry Angel (1953); Century in Scarlet (1965); Guns Look Back (William Heinemann, 1937); There is Something Adrift in the Water (1928); Two Prisoners (1931); unfinished or projected novels, including The Eleventh Hour, Message to Peter; The Conception; and Dupi, an excerpt from The Dukays; and The Happy Century.  Zilahy's works for the theatre includes drafts of the play Fruit on the Tree; outlines for Apparition; an outline for Leona; an outline for Musical Clowns; Siberia; The Witch of Imbros; and The Ballad of the Winter Palace. There is a very short outline for a radio play; a draft of "Light," a short story by Michael Zilahy (Lajos' son); and ideas for television plays.  Screenplays include an outline for A-Hunting We Will Go; multiple treatments in English and Hungarian for Adrift, adapted by Zilahy from his novel Something is Drifting on the Water; Deadly Spring; The Eleventh Hour; and Midnight at Mayerling.  Also present are drafts for short fiction, short non-fiction, lectures and speeches, notes, transcripts of interviews of Zilahy, and other writings.  

Correspondence includes letters related to the film Adrift (1954-1968), including letters to Zilahy from Jan Kadar, the film's director (1966); Zilahy's novel Century in Scarlet (1957-1964), which includes a letter from author Clifford Irving (1961); letters from foreign publishers (1964-1966); and general correspondence files (1927-1974). Notable correspondents include Claude Bellanger, Gladys Cooper, Jacques Deval, Antal Dorati, Arnold Gingrich, Paul Lukas, Gilbert Miller, Ferenc (Franz) Molnar, Charlton Ogburn, Claiborne Pell; and Upton Sinclair.  Business correspondence includes correspondence from publisher Editorial Planeta and Jose Janes (1956-1975), publisher K.S. Giniger Company, Inc. (1965, 1967), and William Heinemann, Ltd. (1978); financial correspondence centered on royalty statements with Sociedad General de Autores de Espana (1967-1974); and general business letters (1947-1966). There is correspondence between Zilahy and film producer Paul Kohner of Producciones Cinema concerning Something is Adrift in the Water (1947); letters relating to a P.E.N. discussion of the Peace Movement (1957-1959); and letters related to an ill-fated Spanish-Yugoslav coproduction of the film Deadly Spring (1970-1971). There is also correspondence related to the unveiling of a bust of Zilahy in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.

Photographs in the collection are primarily images of family and friends, including George Bernard Shaw and Judith Anderson.  Other photos include Zilahy's Far Eastern trip (1957); and images of Hungarian historical interest, including the Royal Family and Stephen Barczy, Mayor of Budapest. There is also a set of photographs from the Deadly Spring film production.

There are a small number of pencil illustrations by Lajos Zilahy for The Dukays; a cover illustration for the Japanese edition of Deadly Spring (1957); and a copy of a self-portrait drawing by Zilahy. Other artwork in the collection includes a caricature bust of Zilahy in painted plaster, and a sketch of a woman in native costume, by Zilahy (1911).

Memorabilia in the Zilahy collection includes: a copy of a document in Latin regarding the Zilahy title of nobility; copies of pages from Zilahy's university matriculation and attendance book; certificate from a member of the Hungarian parliament, documenting Zilahy's performance as his private secretary (1912); Zilahy's notes on a meeting with Prentice-Hall Publishers concerning a next novel (1949); a notation by Zilahy on an advertisement for a Hungarian film whose title includes the name of Zilahy's wife (1958); Zilahy's nametag ribbon from the P.E.N. Congress, Tokyo (1957); International Date Line Club Certificate (1957); construction notes for a house-boat; copy of an envelope from Zilahy's Spanish translator showing evidence of German and Hungarian censorship (1944); a publicity sheet for the film The Virtuous Sin, based on Zilahy's play The General; biographical notes on Zilahy; and and a small travel case owned by Zilahy.

Printed material in the Zilahy collection includes "Valasz Tamadoimnak" (Response to my attackers), printed in an unidentified publication (1941); a poem, "Farewell to the Trees," printed in Magyar Csillag (1943); "Ami a romok alatt s ami a romok felett van" (What is under and what is above the ruins), printed in Hid (1942); "Symposium," a lecture, printed in Hid (1944); "Vers Libre," a poem for Gyula Illye's birthday, by Lajos Zilahy, printed in Nepszava (1962); followed with a poem by Gyula Illye to Zilahy, in response, printed in Nepszava;and "A kutyank regenye" (The story of our dog) by Michael Zilahy, printed in Piccolo, his school paper (1944).
Notable Figures
1. Zilahy, Lajos, 1891-1974
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Authors, American
3. Authors, Hungarian.
4. Hungarian literature – Foreign countries – 20th century
5. Dramatists
6. American literature--20th century
7. Photographs