Oral Histories

Interview of Guy Endore

Novelist, screenwriter, and activist. Member of the Communist Party.
Reflections of Guy Endore
Latina and Latino History
Social Movements
Communist Party
Sleepy Lagoon Case
Biographical Note:
Novelist, screenwriter, and activist. Member of the Communist Party.
Dixon, Elizabeth I.
Endore, Guy
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Birth in Brooklyn; influence of mother's death; grandparents' boarding house in Pittsburgh; living with brother and three sisters in orphanage in Ohio; children moved to Vienna by father; schooling in Vienna, 1908-12; return to United States; relationship with father; childhood desire to be writer or artist; education at Columbia University; study with John Erskine; friendship with Clifton Fadiman; M.A. in Romance languages, 1925; Sorbonne fellowship; meeting with American poet Charles Norman; return to New York; work as translator; publication of first work, Casanova: His Known and Unknown Life, 1929; effect of Depression; publication of The Werewolf of Paris, 1933, Methinks the Lady, 1945, King of Paris, 1956, Voltaire! Voltaire!, 1961, and other works; dealings with publishers; writing for money; writing Babouk; speculations on human progress; doctors and disease versus quacks and symptoms; physical culture and health; society and the individual; socialism; Jack London; Emma Goldman; H. L. Mencken; Spanish Civil War; work for League against War and Fascism; Communist Party membership; Hollywood blacklist; nonconformity within Communist Party; publication of pamphlet on Sleepy Lagoon incident hampered; Harry Cohn; Screen Writers Guild; position of writers in movie studios; red-scare tactics; Helen Gahagan Douglas and Richard M. Nixon; Whittaker Chambers; House Committee on Un-American Activities; Martin Berkeley; problems of being blacklisted; Sleepy Lagoon incident; Civil Rights Congress and American Civil Liberties Union; nature of racism; Communist Party strategy relative to Hollywood Ten; Communist Party and Democratic Party; opposition to fascism; Dalton Trumbo; correspondence with Gershon Legman; Synanon Foundation; Charles Dederich; interviews with members of Synanon.