Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Robert E. Sherwood made his reputation as a dramatist, although he received considerable recognition and a Pulitzer Prize for Roosevelt and Hopkins (1948), a detailed historical study of the relationship between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins during the war years; the British edition, entitled The White House Papers of Harry Hopkins, followed in 1949. Sherwood also wrote The Virtuous Knight (1931), a badly received novel. Both of these works demonstrate Sherwood’s interest in history. The Virtuous Knight is set in the time of the Crusades and was a product of the period during which some of Sherwood’s plays, most notably The Road to Rome and Acropolis, were based on historical events.