Other Literary Forms
An extremely prolific writer, Paul Green produced work in all the main literary genres. Related to his numerous stage plays is his work in other dramatic forms. Some of the screenplays he wrote for Hollywood include Cabin in the Cotton (1932; adaptation of Harry Harrison Kroll’s novel of the same title), State Fair (1933, with Sonya Levien; adaptation of Phil Stong’s novel of the same title), Dr. Bull (1933; adaptation of James Gould Cozzens’s novel The Last Adam), David Harum (1934; adaptation of Edward Noyes Westcott’s novel of the same title), Time Out of Mind (1947; adaptation of Rachel Field’s novel of the same title), and Black Like Me (1963; adaptation of John Howard Griffin’s novel of the same title).
Green’s fiction includes two novels, The Laughing Pioneer (1932) and This Body the Earth (1935), and several collections of short stories: Wide Fields (1928), Salvation on a String and Other Tales of the South (1946), Dog on the Sun (1949), Words and Ways (1968), Home to My Valley (1970), and Land of Nod and Other Stories (1976). Green’s verse appeared in The Lost Colony Song-Book (1938), The Highland Call Song-Book (1941), Song in the Wilderness (1947), The Common Glory Song-Book (1951), Texas Song-Book (1967), and Texas Forever (1967).
Nonfiction by Green includes a critical work, Contemporary American Literature: A Study of Fourteen Outstanding American Writers (1925, with Elizabeth Lay Green); a book about teaching, Forever Growing: Some Notes on a Credo for Teachers (1945); and four collections of writings on the theater, The Hawthorn Tree (1943), Dramatic Heritage (1953), Drama and the Weather (1958), and Plough and Furrow (1963).