Going through my father’s things, I found a pile of note cards covered with his handwriting. I was fascinated — and then fascinated still more when I discovered that the notes were completely and utterly random: some were science-related, some were quotes from literature, some were seemingly his own thoughts, jotted down as they came to him.

One was a list of what might have been book titles and authors, seeming to be continuing in the theme of “utterly random”.

Charles Heinle Notes #1

However, after some searching, I’ve discovered all are plays, and are collected in a slim volume called Contemporary One-Act Plays — a book originally published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1922, and now republished with the notes:

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

I’m buying a copy to read these plays which obviously impressed Charles at some point (he was 6 in 1922, so one assumes at some point after that!)

I never knew my father to read a play (he seemed entirely settled on history, biographies, and the science of the mind by the time I knew him), or to show the slightest interest in the theatre. I wish I could go back in time and discuss them with him!

I’ll be going through the notes and posting them up here, so watch this space for more!

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