|Abstract:||Richard Hoffman, the Brooklyn-based theater collector and book dealer, built a
number of literary collections around American playwrights over a period of many years.
[...] Richard Hoffman’s interest in collecting first editions led to his career as an antiquarian
book dealer. Award-winning American film writer and director Woody Allen has starred in many
of the films he has written. By age nineteen, he was writing scripts for television shows. He
was also writing plays and short stories, several of which appeared in The New Yorker. In 1960
he launched a career as a stand-up comedian and began writing for television’s Candid
Camera. The production of Annie Hall (1977) marked the beginning a
period of critically acclaimed and financially successful films for Allen. The Richard Hoffman
Woody Allen Collection spans the dates 1966-1995 and comprises 1.3 linear ft. of autograph,
printed, and audio material. The collection reflects Richard Hoffman’s interest in the work of
American playwright and film maker Woody Allen. Series include: I. Material related to plays
or screenplays written by Woody Allen, 1966-1995, II. Letters written by Allen, 1998, III.
Phonograph recordings of performances by Woody Allen, 1972-1979, IV. Photographs of Woody
Allen, [1970s], V. Printed material related to Woody Allen, 1969-1995.|