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The Algonquin Wits

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A collection of quips of the members of the renowned Algonquin Round Table, including those of Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woolcott, Robert Benchley and other sparkling wits.
Paperback, 180 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Citadel (first published January 1st 1968)
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Wayne
Jan 20, 2012 Wayne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the witty and the bored
Recommended to Wayne by: someone who was boring me
Too Clever for Words!!!

Is THAT a bon mot????????????????
Or a Mangled Circuituity ????

This is such an easy and enjoyable read!!!
Generally...whoops!!
(Here is the Big Nose of Mr Qualification to totally disparage
"an easy and enjoyable read".)
Well, it was good while it lasted...all one line of it .
And now it's History!!!

....and THAT is exactly where for me this book often failed.
Some of the humour depended on knowing who the wits, or what event or which place or whatever it was they were referring t
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Kitty Jay
For one reason or another, the Algonquin Table has always fascinated me, particularly the often vicious quips of Dorothy Parker. The idea of so many brilliant minds gathering in one place enthralled me; you don't see the kind of sharp wit today that was so apparently on display in the 1920s.

For its part, this book is a collection of the famous quips of Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Franklin Pierce Adams, Alexander Woollcott, George Kaufman, and others. All of the quips were gems, but it was
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Megan Barnes
In a book of this nature, the best way to review it is to write my favorite anecdotes.

One day, Aleck Woollcott made a remark which George Kaufman felt was anti-Semitic. Kaufman got up and said "I am now walking away from this table, out of this dining room, and out of this hotel." Then spotting Dorothy Parker-who was of both Jewish and Gentile parentage, he added, "And I hope Mrs. Parker will walk out with me-half way."

Harold Ross asked Ring Lardner how he wrote his short stories, and he said, "
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KC
Fun to read, though about a quarter of the content was probably more humorous in its day. Book includes a short bio of the major "Wits" and includes humorous anecdotes from some "sideliners" as well. Chances are, if you enjoy old black and white movies with witty, caustic humor, you'll enjoy reading this book.
Keith Davis
Many people remember Dorothy Parker, and if you are a Marx Brothers fan you may remember George S. Kaufman, but few remember the likes of Robert Benchley or Heywood Broun. This book does a fine job of reminding readers of the writers and wits who frequented the Algonquin Hotel in the 1920's.
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