William Drake was an assistant editor for
Vanity Fair magazine in New York and a screenwriter in Hollywood. The collection consists of a mixture of writings that appear to be
playscripts, screenplays, preliminary and suggested outlines for stage and screen projects, assorted stories, synopses, and
essays written, adapted, translated by or possibly submitted to Drake.
William Drake was born in Dayton, OH, in 1899. He was an assistant editor for Vanity Fair magazine in New York. He later moved
to the West Coast where he worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood, CA. He worked on film projects such as Grand Hotel (1932), One More Spring (1935), Stanley and Livingstone (1939), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), and The Three Musketeers (1939). Drake also wrote, adapted, or translated articles, stories, and plays. William Drake died of a heart attack on October
28, 1965 in Hollywood, CA.