Broadway critic Alexander Woollcott
did not approve of Hollywood's adaptation of Wuthering Heights saying to scriptwriter Charles MacArthur, "You vandals!
She also lamented the recent death of former New Yorker columnist Alexander Woollcott
. Ross responded on 15 February 1943, explaining that due to personnel changes brought on by the war and a significant increase in the volume of subscriptions, the magazine's circulation department had gone "belly up." Nonetheless, he vowed to handle the matter for the Hemingways and shared his thoughts on Woollcott's death.
He puts in perspective the colorful exaggerations of the songwriter's friend and first biographer, Alexander Woollcott
, as well as specimens of hyperbole from various other sources.
He collaborated with Rodgers and Hart on "I'd Rather Be Right." He capped his eight-play partnership with Kaufman with a Pulitzer Prize for "You Can't Take It With You" and sold out houses for the still-hilarious send-up of their friend Alexander Woollcott
, "The Man Who Came to Dinner." In Hollywood he wrote "Hans Christian Andersen" for Danny Kaye and "A Star Is Born" for Judy Garland.
It is possible that he had read an essay on the Archer-Shee case, that appeared in 1943 in a collection of essays by the popular American critic, Alexander Woollcott
. Woollcott's essay could have ignited Rattigan's literary engine.
When the play first opened, audiences knew the real-life models for Whiteside (Alexander Woollcott
), the composer-performer Beverly Carlton (Noel Coward), and the Hollywood comedian Banjo (Harpo Marx).
West's "April 1941" letter to Alexander Woollcott
The Letters of Alexander Woollcott
An earlier version of "Far from where?" had been aired on the radio--along with "Another globe"--in the spring of 1939, when writer-journalist Alexander Woollcott
told these jokes on a "Town Crier" broadcast he made in support of the Wagner-Rogers Bill about which congressional subcommittees were then conducting hearings.(4) This bill would have enabled 20,000 children (primarily Jewish) to flee from Germany to the United States, outside of the restrictive immigration quotas.
Adams also wrote biographies of Daniel Webster (The Godlike Daniel, 1930) and Alexander Woollcott
* That title probably rests safe with Charles Chapin, described by Alexander Woollcott
as "the acrid martinet who used to issue falsetto and sadistic orders from a swivel chair" in the New York Evening World of the 1920s.
Others included are: Charles Anderson Page, James Creelman, David Graham Phillips, Richard Harding Davis, Herbert Bayard Swope, Floyd Gibbons, Alexander Woollcott
, Damon Runyon, Grantland Rice, Waiter Winchell, Bob Considine, Ernst Hemingway, Anne O'Hare McCormick, Ernie Pyle, Meyer Berger and Marguerite Higgins.
Although the purveyors of interwar middlebrow culture that Rubin touches upon-the aforementioned, as well as Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Mortimer Adler, Alexander Woollcott
, and Mark Van Doren-are, as Rubin notes, victims" of canon formation, they can also be seen as canonizers themselves.
Brooks Atkinson called The Man Who Came to Dinner "a merciless cartoon of <IR> ALEXANDER WOOLLCOTT
's </IR> bad manners, shameless egoism, boundless mischief, and widely assorted friendships." When Light Up the Sky was produced, the air was rife with rumors that the comedy caricatured actual Broadway personages.
I keep my father's letters from World War II in a 40-year-old plastic bag, with a small book of American prose and poetry edited by Alexander Woollcott
and intended for "Members of the Armed Forces and the Merchant Marine.''