Nebraska Authors

Virgil Geddes

AKA: Virgil Charles Geddes

Born 1897-05-14 Dixon County, NE (USA)

Died 1989-05-24
Chelsea, ME (USA)

The author was a playwright turned country postmaster. His play "The Earth Between" was produced in Provincetown, MA in 1929 with Bette Davis in the cast. Geddes wrote about the history and politics of the theater for the Brookfield Players in the early 1930s and started the Brookfield, CT Playhouse. He went on to co-direct the Federal Theater Project's experimental section, which produced his play ''Native Ground'' in New York City in 1937. Geddes wrote a memoir of his life as a country postmaster, published in 1952.

Places Lived

Dixon County, NE
Cherokee, IA
Cambridge, MA
Boston, MA
New York, NY
Swan's Island, ME
Brookfield, CT

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Play/Screenplay
  • Poetry


Stage Plays; Playwright; Poetry; Memoirs; Postmaster



Places Worked

Brookfield Playhouse, Brookfield, CT
United States Postal Service, Brookfield, CT


Outstanding Achievement Award in Literature, The American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Institute of Arts and Letters


40 Poems. 1926.
The Frog. 1926.
The Earth Between. 1928
Mud on the Hoofs.. 1929.
Behind the Night. 1930.
The Stable and the Grove. 1930.
From the Life of George Emery Blum.
Native Ground. 1932.
Country Postmaster. 1952.

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