Collected Together For the First Time
"The Algonquin was a refuge for the brightest authors, editors, critics, columnists, artists, financiers, composers, directors, producers and actors of the times. The dining-room corner was a hot bed of raconteurs and conversationalists."
In Jazz Age New York City, no literary lights burned more brightly than those of the legendary Algonquin Round Table. Now between covers for the first time is a collection of writing by 16 members of the group, an all-star gathering that took 90 years to come together. Many of these pieces have never been published before; plucked from private family collections and "lost" pieces from obscure periodicals.
● Humor pieces by Robert Benchley, Franklin P. Adams, Heywood Broun, Frank Sullivan and Donald Ogden Stewart.
● Criticism from Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman and Robert E. Sherwood.
● Short fiction by Laurence Stallings and Pulitzer Prize-winners Edna Ferber and Margaret Leech.
● Journalism from Alexander Woollcott, Ruth Hale and Deems Taylor.
● Poetry by Adams, Marc Connelly, Dorothy Parker and John V. A. Weaver.
With a foreword by Nat Benchley.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Name the great wits from early 20th century and they're here at the Algonquin Round Table: George Kauffman, Alexnder Woolcott, Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and on and on - They don't make 'em like that anymore. This is a fun, fun read!
This is a good selection of material from the Round Table, and representative of their talents. For the most part, the humor is timeless, and the short stories are excellent. The theater criticism is obviously dated, but interesting nevertheless. My favorites are Franklin Pierce Adams, Dorothy Parker, and Alexander Woolcott, but I also enjoyed Robert Benchley and Robert Sherwood. If you are familiar with the Round Table and this time period, this is a very interesting and enjoyable collection!