Algonquin Round Table
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The Algonquin Round Table was a group of New York City writers, critics, actors, and wits.wikipedia
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The entire group worked together successfully only once, however, to create a revue called No Sirree! which helped launch a Hollywood career for Round Tabler Robert Benchley.
From his beginnings at The Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University, through his many years writing essays and articles for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and his acclaimed short films, Benchley's style of humor brought him respect and success during his life, from his peers at the Algonquin Round Table in New York City to contemporaries in the burgeoning film industry.
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Toohey, annoyed at The New York Times drama critic Alexander Woollcott for refusing to plug one of Toohey's clients (Eugene O'Neill) in his column, organized a luncheon supposedly to welcome Woollcott back from World War I, where he had been a correspondent for Stars and Stripes.
Alexander Humphreys Woollcott (January 19, 1887 – January 23, 1943) was an American critic and commentator for The New Yorker magazine and a member of the Algonquin Round Table.
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Gathering initially as part of a practical joke, members of "The Vicious Circle", as they dubbed themselves, met for lunch each day at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until roughly 1929.
Perhaps its best-known tradition is hosting literary and theatrical notables, most prominently the members of the Algonquin Round Table.
Franklin Pierce Adams, columnist
A prolific writer of light verse, he was a member of the Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s and 1930s.
Marc Connelly, playwright
He was a key member of the Algonquin Round Table, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1930.
Dorothy Parker, critic, poet, short-story writer, and screenwriter
From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary works published in such magazines as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table.
The group that would become the Round Table began meeting in June 1919 as the result of a practical joke carried out by theatrical press agent John Peter Toohey.
He is best known as a member of the Algonquin Round Table.
Heywood Broun, columnist and sportswriter (married to Ruth Hale)
She was married to journalist Heywood Broun and was an associate of the Algonquin Round Table.
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Tallulah Bankhead, actress
She soon moved into the Algonquin Hotel, a hotspot for the artistic and literary elite of the era, where she quickly charmed her way into the famed Algonquin Round Table of the hotel bar.
Brock Pemberton, Broadway producer
He was the professional partner of Antoinette Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, and he was also a member of the Algonquin Round Table.
Neysa McMein, magazine illustrator
Algonquin Round Table members were entertained at her West 57th Street studio, where she was known for her active parties.
Regulars at the game included Kaufman, Adams, Broun, Ross and Woollcott, with non-Round Tablers Herbert Bayard Swope, silk merchant Paul Hyde Bonner, baking heir Raoul Fleischmann, actor Harpo Marx, and writer Ring Lardner sometimes sitting in. The group also played charades (which they called simply "The Game") and the "I can give you a sentence" game, which spawned Dorothy Parker's memorable sentence using the word horticulture: "You can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think."
Herbert Bayard Swope Sr. (January 5, 1882 – June 20, 1958) was a U.S. editor, journalist and intimate of the Algonquin Round Table.
Donald Ogden Stewart, playwright and screenwriter
Stewart was also a member of the Algonquin Round Table, and the model for Bill Gorton in The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.
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Robert E. Sherwood, author and playwright
Sherwood was one of the original members of the Algonquin Round Table.
As they increased in number, Algonquin manager Frank Case moved them to the Rose Room and a round table.
He owned and managed the Algonquin Hotel during the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table and wrote a number of books about his experiences with the hotel and the Round Tablers.
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Herman J. Mankiewicz, screenwriter
He was a member of the Algonquin Round Table.
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Eva Le Gallienne, actress
During the early days of her career she often was in the company of witty, libertine actresses Tallulah Bankhead, Estelle Winwood and Blyth Daly, with the four being dubbed "The Four Horsemen of the Algonquin", referring to the Algonquin Round Table.
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Margaret Leech, writer and historian
After the war, she became friendly with members of the Algonquin Round Table, including critic-raconteur Alexander Woollcott.
Peggy Wood, actress
She was a member of the Algonquin Round Table.
Blyth Daly, actress
In 1919, Frank Case, manager of the Algonquin Hotel, began hosting popular and well known members of the acting and writing community, with the group being dubbed the "Algonquin Round Table", with members including Edna Ferber, actress Tallulah Bankhead, Harpo Marx and others.
Jane Grant, journalist and feminist (married to Harold Ross)
The "Vicious Circle" later became the Algonquin Round Table.
Anita and John Loos
H. L. Mencken, who was much admired by many in the Circle, was also a critic, commenting to fellow writer Anita Loos that "their ideals were those of a vaudeville actor, one who is extremely 'in the know' and inordinately trashy".
Individually, Anita liked many members of the Algonquin Round Table, but as a group she found them overwhelming.
The dramatic film Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) recounts the Round Table from the perspective of Dorothy Parker.
Directed by Rudolph, it starred Jennifer Jason Leigh as the writer Dorothy Parker and depicted the members of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of writers, actors and critics who met almost every weekday from 1919 to 1929 at Manhattan's Algonquin Hotel.
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A film about the members, The Ten-Year Lunch (1987), won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table is a 1987 American documentary film about the Algonquin Round Table, a floating group of writers and actors in the "Roaring Twenties" in New York City, which included great names such as Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, Edna Ferber, Marc Connelly, Harold Ross and Harpo Marx.
Members often visited Neshobe Island, a private island co-owned by several "Algonks"—but governed by Woollcott as a "benevolent tyrant", as his biographer Samuel Hopkins Adams charitably put it —located on several acres in the middle of Lake Bomoseen in Vermont.
In the 1920s, literary critic Alexander Woollcott owned Neshobe Island, which served as a retreat and playground for members of the Algonquin Round Table.