from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Woollcott, Alexander 1887-1943. American drama critic and journalist whose collections of essays include While Rome Burns (1934) and Long, Long Ago (1943).

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  • n. United States drama critic and journalist (1887-1943)


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  • Everyone who was anyone in the 1930s -- from Gandhi to Cary Grant -- is a fan of Whiteside, modeled on critic Alexander Woollcott.

    Fern Siegel: Stage Door: Chinglish, The Man Who Came To Dinner

  • If you enjoy reading about the theatre in the first half of the 20th century you will find Woollcott hugely entertaining.

    The Inn is still in business

  • Agonizing over how to put down his ailing cat, Alexander Woollcott consulted Dorothy Parker.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Harpo Marx, a member of the Roundtable almost from the beginning, called it “the last gathering of the Woollcott crowd, and it was our strangest gathering.”

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch » 2008 » January

  • The Man Who Came to Dinner is about Alexander Woollcott — the central character in the show is supposed to be him.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch » 2008 » January

  • The play has been revived several times, the most recent version featuring Nathan Lane in the Woollcott role.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch » 2008 » January

  • The sadness, though, comes not in the tales of break-up and fighting and wars over various novels, poems, and screenplays (Our Constant Reader, Ms. Parker, called The Man Who Came to Dinner “a nasty little play” — not seeing the humor because of her affection for Woollcott), but in that last, impromptu meeting of the roundtable.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch » 2008 » January

  • Recollections of Woollcott the man of the theater, intercut with reflections on the arcana of the American left, combine to make a fine profile and a nice period piece: journalism at its best.

    Literary Companion

  • What caught and held me, though, was an episode in the 1930s, when Wilson, fresh from reporting on the labor front for The New Republic, was invited to call on Woollcott at Sutton Place:

    Literary Companion

  • He claimed to be the inspiration for Rex Stout's brilliant detective Nero Wolfe, but Stout, although he was friendly to Woollcott, said there was nothing to this idea.

    Archive 2009-06-07


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