Later Years



Hope for a Harvest proved Treadwell’s most bitter disappointment with the New York theatre. After it closed early in 1942, Treadwell turned more and more to writing novels and to travels. For the next two decades, Treadwell divided her time between Vienna, Spain, Mexico, Stockton, and her home base in Newtown, Connecticut. 

These years were not without accomplishment. In 1942, Treadwell completed an impressive series of articles on Mexico for the New York Herald Tribune. A sentimental drama, Highway, was produced in Pasadena in 1944 and broadcast on television a decade later. In 1949, Treadwell surprisingly adopted a child, something she had been considering as far back as the early 1930s. The child was a young German boy, whom she named William, perhaps after McGeehan. And in 1956, her novel, One Fierce Hour and Sweet, was published by Appleton-Century-Crofts.

In the mid-1960s, Treadwell retired to Tucson, Arizona for health reasons. Her final play, Woman with Lilies, was produced at the University of Arizona under the title Now He Doesn’t Want to Play. Treadwell died February 20, 1970 after a brief hospital stay. Her papers were donated to the University of Arizona Library Special Collections and her copyrights were assigned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson. Treadwell designated that all proceeds from royalties should be used for the education of Native American children.

 

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