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5/8/2000

Alexander Woollcott — A Few

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Alexander Woollcott — A Few Links

The big play I’m directing this summer is Kaufman & Hart’s wonderful comedy The Man who Came to Dinner. The main character, Sheridan Whiteside, is very closely based on Kaufman & Hart’s friend Alexander Woollcott. Woollcott was famous for his writing, radio appearances, and wit during the 1920s, 30s, and early 40s. He was a main member of the Algonquin Round Table. Here’s a nice article about his intensely emotional relationship with Harpo Marx. Here’s a caricature of him that he took to using on his personal letterhead. Here’s but a few of his many quotations. How about some photos of and from his famous New York apartment, Wit’s End? An unflattering review of the collection of short films (and their subjects) Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin. And some corollaries: Dorthy Parker in the Twenties and Harpo Marx and Some Brothers. Harpo is also lampooned in The Man who Came to Dinner as the illiterate skirt-chasing jokester Banjo.

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