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Dorothy Parker

(1893—1967) American humorist, literary critic, and writer

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Alexander Woollcott

Alexander Woollcott  

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(1887–1943)American drama critic, among the best-known cultural personalities during the 1920s in New York. In his drama criticism from 1914 to 1928 (for the Times, the Herald, the Sun ...
Algonquin Round Table

Algonquin Round Table  

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Informal meeting place in the dining room of the Algonquin Hotel (New York City), mainly from the 1920s through the 1940s, of a lively, witty group, whose participants included Franklin P. Adams, ...
Alta

Alta  

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(b. 1942), poet, publisher, fiction writer, essayist, and editor.Alta, who discarded her surname, Gerrey, was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She began her disobedient writing career at the ...
Barretts of Wimpole Street

Barretts of Wimpole Street  

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A: Rudolph Besier Pf: 1930, London Pb: 1930 G: Drama in 5 acts S: Elizabeth Barrett's bed-sittingroom, Wimpole Street, London, 1845 C: 12m, 4f, 1 dogElizabeth Barrett is an invalid, her only regular ...
Candide

Candide  

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Operetta in two acts by Bernstein to a libretto by Lillian Hellman after Voltaire, with lyrics by Richard Wilbur, John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Hellman, and Bernstein, orchestrated by Bernstein and ...
Déclassée

Déclassée  

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(1919),a drama by Zoë Akins. [Empire Theatre, 257 perf.] When Sir Bruce Haden (Harry Plimmer) catches one of his guests, Edward Thayer (Vernon Steel), cheating at cards, Haden's wife ...
Edna St Vincent Millay

Edna St Vincent Millay  

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(1892–1950),American poet. A Few Figs from Thistles (1920) established her persona as a reckless, romantic, cynical, ‘naughty’ New Woman with such poems as ‘The Penitent’ and ‘My Candle Burns at Both ...
Elmer Rice

Elmer Rice  

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(1892–1967),American dramatist. His first major play was the expressionist drama The Adding Machine (1923). His plays of the 1930s (We, the People, 1933; Judgment Day, 1934; Between Two Worlds, 1934) ...
Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway  

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(1899–1961),American short story writer and novelist. He worked as a reporter and served in 1918 as a volunteer with an ambulance unit on the Italian front, before settling in Paris among the ...
Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn  

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(1909–2003)US film and stage actress. Her characteristic voice and dazzling personality have been a feature of show business for over fifty years.Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, into a ...
Masses

Masses  

(1911–53),weekly journal of news and social criticism, founded at New York by Piet Vlag as “an outgrowth of the cooperative side of Socialist activity.” Under the editorship of Thomas Seltzer, it ...
Millerites

Millerites  

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Religious sect more properly called Second Adventists. These followers of the New York farmer William Miller (1782–1849) believed in the physical second advent of Christ in 1843. After the Day of ...
Mystery Story

Mystery Story  

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General term applied to fiction whose objective is the solution of an enigma, but that is as various as the Gothic romance, which is a tale of horror, and the detective story, which is based on ...
New Yorker

New Yorker  

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An American weekly magazine founded in 1925 by Harold Ross (1892–1951). Although famed for its humour it has also published distinguished articles of reportage, such as, notably, ‘Hiroshima’ by John ...
Phyllis McGinley

Phyllis McGinley  

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(1905–78),Oregon-born author of light verse, educated at the universities of Utah and California, resident in New York. Her collections include On the Contrary (1934), A Pocketful of Wry (1940) ...
Robert Benchley

Robert Benchley  

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(1889–1945),drama critic, humorist, and actor, after graduating from Harvard (1912) wrote for New York newspapers and magazines, and was theater critic of Life (1920–29) and The New Yorker (1929–40). ...
Social Comedy

Social Comedy  

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In A Very Serious Thing: Women's Humor and American Culture, Nancy Walker discusses some of the reasons why women have traditionally been excluded from the study of American comic literature. ...
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telegram  

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A short message delivered in text-form by the postal system but sent and received using telegraphy. The service was discontinued in 1982 in the UK.

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