Marc Connelly (Marcus Cook Connelly) (kŏn´əlē), 1890–1981, American dramatist, b. McKeesport, Pa. He is best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning play The Green Pastures (1930), a fantasy of biblical history presented in terms of the religious life of Southern blacks; it was based on Roark Bradford's book Ol' Man Adam an' His Chillun (1928). Connelly also collaborated with George S. Kaufman on the plays Dulcy (1921), To the Ladies (1922), Merton of the Movies (1922), and Beggar on Horseback (1924). He published his first novel, A Souvenir from Quam in 1965; it satirizes spy stories.
See his memoirs (1968).
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