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Jon Manchip White Collection
- 1965 (Creation)
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Jon Manchip White (1924-2013) was born in Cardiff, Wales. He enrolled at Cambridge; after military service, he returned and completed a degree in prehistoric archaeology and anthropology in 1950. White worked for the BBC Television Service, the British Foreign Service, turning to full-time writing in 1956.
In 1967, White moved to El Paso Texas, becoming a writer-in-residence, and founded the creative writing program at the University of Texas at El Paso. In 1977, White left UT-El Paso to head the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee.
White is a distinguished Welsh-American writer who has published over 30 books of fiction and non-fiction. He wrote many scripts for radio, television, and film (including contributions to such films as El Cid, 55 Days at Peking, and The Day of the Triffids.
Jon M. White died in Knoxville, TN on July 31, 2013.
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This collection consists of the release dialogue script of the 1965 Paramount film Crack in the World starring Dana Andrews as Dr. Steven Sorenson, who plans to tap the geothermal energy of the Earth's interior by means of a thermonuclear device detonated deep within the Earth. Despite dire warnings by fellow scientist Ted Rampion (Kieron Moore), Sorenson proceeds with the experiment after secretly learning that he is terminally ill. This experiment causes a crack to form and grow within the earth's crust, which threatens to split the earth in two if it is not stopped in time. The screenplay was written by White and Julian Halevy.
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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These materials are housed in a box with multiple collections, Box 2 / Folder 4.
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