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Laurence Stallings Papers

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Laurence Stallings (1894-1968) was an American writer. He is probably best known for his 1924 play, "What Price Glory," co-written with Maxwell Anderson, and his autobiographical novel, Plumes, which narrated his military service during World War I. Stallings graduated from Wake Forest in 1916 and joined the United States Marine Reserve in 1917. Placed on active duty, he was sent to France where he was wounded in the Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918. The injury sustained here ultimately led to the amputation of his leg (and, many years later, the other leg would be amputated as well), but the experience gained in the trenches inspired some of Stallings' most memorable literary works. Stallings published his final book, The Doughboys: The Story of the AEF 1917-1918, in 1963. He died of a heart attack in 1968 and was buried with full military honors at Fort Rosencrans National Cemetery in California. This collection contains selected manuscripts and correspondence of Stallings.