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STEINBECK, JOHN. 1902-1968.
Document Signed ("John Steinbeck"), 1 p, 4to, Hollywood, CA, February, 1943, being an agreement between Steinbeck and Jack Wagner regarding authorship of "Benny's Medal," also signed by Wagner, mildly age-toned, creasing and wear to right margin. Together with a Mimeographed Manuscript, approx 70 pp, legal folio, n.p., December 7, 1944, being the release dialogue script for A Medal for Benny, with some corrections to a few pages pertaining to a Lux Video Theatre broadcast, staple bound at left margin, pages lightly toned, thumbed, creasing and wear to spine and corners.
Steinbeck co-wrote the story of A Medal for Benny with his old friend Jack Wagner, who brought him the idea in late 1942. The Benson biography of Steinbeck indicates that the author insisted all profits from a sale be given to Wagner's mother, but the document here (likely prepared by Annie Laurie Williams' office) indicates that profits are to be split evenly.