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Screwball is a collection of poems and scenes formatted as a screenplay. The poems, a mix of landscape and persona poems, center on the themes of grief, time, and celebrity worship. The scenes offer a revisionist history to the plane crash in Goodsprings, Nevada on January 16, 1943 that killed actress Carole Lombard and twenty one others. This reimagining, in which the actress survives the crash, is framed as a screwball comedy from the 1940s, a medium dominated and perfected by the collection’s central figure, Carole Lombard, formerly Jane Alice Peters.
Carole Lombard; Clark Gable; Nevada; Plane crash; Poetry collection; Screenplay
Creative Writing | Film and Media Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Barnette, Nicholas, "Screwball" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4359.
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