Unpublished Orson Welles Memoir Found at the University of Michigan

Unpublished Orson Welles Memoir Found at the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan announced on Thursday that they've unpacked an unpublished memoir by Orson Welles entitled, "Confessions of a One-Man Band." Librarians made the find while unpacking an acquisition of eight boxes from Welles' partner, Oja Kodar. In addition to their newest acquisition, the University of Michigan has five other Welles collections, giving them the most extensive collection of Welles archives in the world. 

Welles left many projects unfinished, most notably The Merchant of Venice and The Other Side of the Wind, before his death in 1985, and this memoir is no different. Reportedly discussing his parents, Rita Hayworth, Ernest Hemingway, D.W. Griffith, and others, the memoir is typed with handwritten notes and spread throughout the collection, making a publishable version unlikely for quite a while. Luckily, the Welles collections at the University of Michigan are open to the public, though the memoir and newest acquisitions likely won't be available until the fall of 2015.

Are you excited about this find? Will you read it if it ever gets published?

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