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April 18, 2009

At the Library: APL home to Stewart papers

The Anderson Public Library’s Indiana Room is now the home of the Fred Mustard Stewart Collection, memorabilia belonging to the late best-selling fiction author who was an Anderson native. The collection was donated to the Indiana Room by the author’s widow, Joan Richardson Stewart, and is available to historians, researchers and those interested in Stewart’s career.

Fred Mustard Stewart wrote 16 best-selling novels, including “The Mephisto Waltz” (1969), “Lady Darlington” (1971), “Six Weeks” (1976), “The Titan” (1985) and “Pomp and Circumstance” (1991), and is probably best known for his series of saga books such as “The Mannings” (1973), “Century” (1981), “Ellis Island” (1983) and “The Glitter and the Gold” (1985).

“The Mephisto Waltz” and “Six Weeks” were made into motion pictures and Ellis Island became a top rated 1984 TV miniseries. Stewart also wrote the script for the 1973 television film “The Norliss Tapes.”

Born in Anderson on Sept. 17, 1932, Fred Mustard Stewart was the son of banker Simeon Stewart and Janet (Mustard) Stewart. After elementary school in Anderson, he attended Lawrence School in New Jersey and graduated from Princeton University in 1954. Planning a career as a concert pianist, he studied with Eduard Steuermann at the Julliard School and then served in the Coast Guard before returning to Anderson in the late 1950s to sell real estate.

He moved to New York City in 1960 to purse a writing career and wrote numerous television, and other, scripts before the publication of his first novel in 1969. Stewart died in February 2007, and was buried at sea.

The Fred Mustard Stewart Collection contains hundreds of items relating to the late author and his career. There are scores of manuscripts for plays, television shows, novels, film treatments, short stories, project outlines and summaries, and even a fugue.

There are several copies of the un-produced play “Dracula – The Musical” for which Stewart wrote the script and music score. In addition, the collection contains a Princeton scrapbook, diaries, notes and letters, boxes of fan mail, information on the author’s many speaking engagements and personal appearances as well as publicity material for his various projects and tapes and DVDs of the works.

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