Chastain, Thomas (1921-1994)
Scope:
The Thomas Chastain collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and other material.

Manuscripts by Chastain in the collection include his books Judgment Day (proof, Doubleday, 1962); Pandora’s Box (Mason and Lipscomb, 1974); 911 (Nason Charter, 1976); Vital Statistics (Times Books, 1977); High Voltage (Doubleday, 1979); The Diamond Exchange (proof, Doubleday, 1981); Nightscape (Atheneum, 1982); Who Killed the Robins Family?... (Morrow, 1983); The Revenge of the Robins Family, written with Bill Adler (Morrow, 1984); The Picture-Perfect Murders, written with Bill Adler (Morrow, 1987); Where the Truth Lies, written with Helen Hayes (Morrow, 1988); Perry Mason in the Case of Too Many Murders (Morrow, 1989); and The Prosecutor (Morrow, 1992).  Other manuscripts by Chastain include several short stories, essays, poems, articles, screenplays, teleplays, and fragments, dating from ca. 1939 to ca. 1989.  These include a musical adaptation of Morley Calloghan’s novel The Loved and the Lost, with music and lyrics by Al Moritz and book by Chastain; and the teleplay for “Black Widower,” season 3, episode 21 of The Simpsons, by Chastain (aired Apr. 9, 1992).  Also present are manuscripts by D.C. Fontana for a television series adaptation of 911.

Correspondence in the collection consists of personal and professional letters dating from 1931 to 1999.

Other material in the collection includes several newspapers, magazines, and clipped articles; awards and certificates; copyrights; photographs; film; audio recordings; and miscellany.
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Notable Figures
1. Chastain, Thomas
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Humor, Comedy, and Satire Subject Guide
3. American literature--20th century
4. Detective and mystery stories, American
5. Fiction