Louis Bromfield writing at his desk

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Louis Bromfield took his crack at writing a play for Broadway in 1935, but it was not a success. A staged reading of the play at OSU-Mansfield last week gave the play, “De Luxe,” its first hearing since 1935.

MANSFIELD -- A small audience of curious people gathered Thursday evening in Founders Auditorium on the campus the Mansfield branch of The Ohio State University to catch a rare glimpse of a work shelved for the last 86 years.

The piece was “De Luxe,” a play written by Louis Bromfield and John Gearon. It played for a short run on Broadway in 1935, then sank into obscurity.

Mark Sebastian Jordan mug shot

History Knox columnist Mark Sebastian Jordan