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A Week in Literary History

January 19th, 2002

Theater critic, essayist and Algonquin Round Table habitué Alexander Woollcott (While Rome Burns, 1934) is born in Phalanx, N.J., in 1887. To Heywood Broun he is ”the smartest of Alecs”; to James Thurber, “Old Vitriol and Violets.”

Alexander Woollcott, b. January 19, 1887, d. 1943

woollcott3.jpgYou can dip into Woollcott’s books anywhere without fear and find a warm and intelligently sentimental companion with a million fascinating stories up his sleeve. There’s a good dose of the celebrated Algonquin Round Table acid wit in the collected essays, although even as a theater critic, Woollcott preferred praise to censure. Above all, his books are valuable for their picture of an America in its last throes of civilization, when newspapers and magazines still offered literacy, and when people still knew how to appreciate it.

Suggested Reading Books & Collected Essays Château-Thierry, 1919. Command is Forward, 1919. Shouts and Murmurs, 1922. Going to Pieces, 1928. Two Gentlemen and a Lady, 1928. Woollcott Reader, 1935. Good Companions, 1936. While Rome Burns, 1936. Woollcott’s Second Reader, 1937. Dark Tower: A Melodrama, 1937. Long, Long Ago, 1943. Letters of Alexander Woollcott, 1972. Enchanted Aisles, 1975.

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