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F. L. Green papers

Collection MS-1990-016: F. L. Green papers


  • Creation: 1934-1953

Scope and Contents

The F. L. Green papers are composed of typescript and carbon copy drafts of his work, as well as publisher’s reports and agreements, correspondence, and financial records. Of particular interest is the range of unpublished material, including a completed draft of a novel, A Finger in the Pie; movie scripts, Round the Corner and The Queen of the River; plays for stage and radio, Triple Encounter, The Steep Slope, and Personal Appearance; and short stories, The Outcast, Samson, and A Fable.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

Frederick Lawrence Green was an Anglo-Irish novelist of Irish descent who lived in Belfast for the majority of his writing career. Born in Portsmouth, England on April 6, 1902, Green continued to live in England until 1933 when he and his wife, Margaret, moved to Belfast.

Green was the author of fourteen published novels: Julius Penton (1934), On the Night of the Fire (1939), The Sound of Winter (1940), Give Us the World (1941), Music in the Park (1942), A Song for the Angels (1943), On the Edge of the Sea (1944), Odd Man Out (1945), A Flask for the Journey (1946), A Fragment of Glass (1947), Mist on the Waters (1948), Clouds in the Wind (1950), The Magician (1951), and Ambush for the Hunter (1952). He is perhaps most famous for co-writing (with R. C. Sherriff and Carol Reed) the screenplay adaptation of Odd Man Out for the award-winning 1947 movie of the same name, directed by Carol Reed.

Green moved to Bristol, England in 1951. He died there two years later on April 14, 1953 at age 51.


"Author of 'Odd Man Out' dead," Irish Times, April 16, 1953.

"F. L. Green, Author of 'Odd Man Out'," The New York Times, April 16, 1953.


3 Linear Feet (6 containers)

Language of Materials



These papers include typescripts and carbon copy drafts of several of twentieth-century author F. L. Green’s literary works, including Odd Man Out. They also contain literary fragments, correspondence, contracts, and other financial records.


Arranged into four series: I. Correspondence; II. Financial; III. Publishing; and IV. Writings.


Acquired from the Green Estate through Emerald Isle Books, Belfast, Northern Ireland in July, 1990. The papers had been collected by Green's widow, Margaret Edwards Green, following his death in 1953.

Related Materials

Uncorrected proof copy of The Magician, Burns Library, PZ3.G8226 Mag 1951 IRISH.

Separated Materials

Published works associated with this collection have been transferred within the Burns Library and can be found in the Boston College Library catalog.

  • Envelopes found empty, insurance policy documents, and receipts for insurance premiums.
F. L. Green Papers
Susan Rainville; revised by Corban Rhodes, 2004; Mark Clemente and Richard Burley, 2011; Ray Hartley, 2018; and Elizabeth Peters, 2022
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Revision Statements

  • 2022-09-16: Major rearrangement of financial and legal documents. Additionally separated financial and legal materials from correspondence. General revisions to description throughout.

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States