ALEXANDER HUMPHREYS WOOLLCOTT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/19/1937 - HFSID 18894
ALEXANDER HUMPHREYS WOOLLCOTT Woollcott signed this typed letter to Art Young on his personalized stationery in 1937. In it, he lets Young know that "the picture is on my wall and the 'Inferno' is on my desk". Typed letter signed "A. Woollcott" in blue ink.
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ALEXANDER HUMPHREYS WOOLLCOTT
Woollcott signed this typed letter to Art Young on his personalized stationery in 1937. In it, he lets Young know that "the picture is on my wall and the 'Inferno' is on my desk".
Typed letter signed "A. Woollcott" in blue ink. 1 page, 5¾x7¾, on Woollcott's personalized stationery with his New York City address and grid-like impressions. Feb. 19, 1937. Addressed to "Art Young". In full: "Dear Art Young, This is just a line to tell you that the picture is on my wall and the 'Inferno' on my desk. I am very glad to have both. I understand you have my telephone number and I hope you will use it sometime to send word that you are coming up to see me." Art Young, a socialist cartoonist, wrote Inferno in 1934. In it, he wrote that "Big business organizers and Bankers" have been sent to hell is such large numbers that they've taken over the place. Woollcott (1887-1943, born in Phalanx, New Jersey) was an American author, critic and actor, as well as self-appointed head of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of writers, critics and wits that gathered every day at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 to 1929. Woollcott became drama critic for the New York Times in 1914, five years after joining the paper's staff as a cub reporter, and subsequently wrote for the New York Herald and World and The New Yorker. His articles and criticism were often dosed liberally with his biting, often savage wit. He also forayed into radio with a book review show in 1929. This show turned into his famous show The Town Crier in 1933, which lasted until 1938. Woollcott also wrote several books and wrote, directed and appeared in several Broadway plays. But his greatest contribution to theatre is as the inspriation for Sheridan Whiteside in the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman in The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939-1941). The play ran for 739 performances and lampooned Woollcott's overbearing manner. Lightly toned and creased. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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