Other Literary Forms
In addition to his short fiction, John Collier wrote poetry, novels, and screenplays, as well as edited collections. Many of his works are fantasies, mysteries, parodies, or social satires. Collier joined Sandy Wilson to make Collier’s most popular novel, His Monkey Wife: Or, Married to a Chimp (1930), into a musical of the same title; Wet Saturday appeared as a one-act play in 1941, first in New York City; and “Evening Primrose” (with music by Stephen Sondheim) was produced by ABC television. John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”: Screenplay for Cinema of the Mind (1973) reexamined that literary classic as a “screenplay for the cinema mind.” Collier’s motion-picture scripts were performed by cinema greats such as Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, and Charlton Heston.