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"That is the thing about New York," wrote Dorothy Parker in 1928. "It is always a little more than you had hoped for. Each day, there, is so definitely a new day." Now you can journey back there, in time, to a grand city teeming with hidden bars, luxurious movie palaces, and dazzling skyscrapers. In these places, Dorothy Parker and her cohorts in the Vicious Circle at the ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Lyons Press
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Amanda
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting read. I've been reading lately, a fictional series based around these people. And also, I just finished reading Harpo Marx's autobiography, where he talked about Alexander Woollcott a lot and some other people at the Algonquin table. It was real neat to read about the history these people had on New York and how much of their lives, still live on there today. The photos of New York during the 20's and also the photo's of the people that sat at the table are amazing. ...more
Terin
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As if From a Magic Lamp, The Algonquin Roundtable Comes Alive Between Two Covers, March 5, 2015
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Terin Miller "The Bull Guy"

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Did you know that the "Tony" award given for best Broadway performances is named after actress-director Antoinette Perry, longtime friend and possibly paramour of big-time Broadway producer, and Algonquin Round Table member Brock Pemberton? Or that Angelica Houston's maternal grandfather was a big-
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Zeb Kantrowitz
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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On a June day in 1919, Alexander Woollcott, who was just back from the war (WW1), decided to invite some friends to have lunch at the Algonquin Hotel. Everyone had a great time and someone said, “Why don’t we do this every day?” And so they did for ten years until the ‘great depression’ spread them all over the world in an effort to make a living and later to report on WW2.

The “Round Table” was called the Vicious Circle by those who were members of this elite group that was to include the most
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Susan Jaffe Pober
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing group of people to have come together for lunch at a hotel restaurant. They were witty, intelligent, literate as well as irritating, egotistical and biting. Mr. Fitzpatrick paints a vivid picture not just of the "Vicious Circle", which is what they called their group, but of the times in which they lived. Included in the book are biographies of the Round Table participants; biographies of the Algonquin Hotel and other hotels of the day; and a portrait of the literary world of New ...more
Mandy
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
There’s a wealth of information and anecdote in this painstakingly researched study of the famous (or infamous) Algonquin Round Table members, who met daily for many years to lunch and talk and share ideas. The roll call includes Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Edna Ferber and Harpo Marx, amongst many others. Dubbed “The Vicious Circle” they’re a Who’s Who of the New York literary scene and author Kevin Fitzpatrick is an expert on their lives and successes and, inevitably, failures. He also chr ...more
Dan
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice walking tour of a very particular history

I love reading about the Vicious Circle and the Algonquin Round Table, so I picked this up thinking it would provide some good stories. Contrary to my expectations, the book turns out to be a guide to the locales in New York associated with the Algonquin, the New Yorker magazine, and all the people who moved in and around the Vicious Circle. There are indeed anecdotes, but because of the focus on locations and buildings, it's a bit disjointed. The
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Joseph
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
An enlightening overview of the exploits of New York City's literary, theater and newspaper royalty from the end of WWI to the beginning of WWII. The Algonquin Round Table, known by the inner circle as The Vicious Circle, formed in 1919 and included such luminaries as Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx and Robert Benchley, and the local press clamored to publish their every word.

While the story of the Table takes center stage, the books also spends time going over the beginnings of the now venerable Ne
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Nicole
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must read for Round Table devotees. This book gives us fun anecdotes, as well as wonderful bio's on all of the main members. It also provides readers with addresses of their homes and haunts (easy to find in their bold font) that we can seek out and see for ourselves. A true historical guide to help us feel closer to all the talent, imagination, and wit that we can never seem to get enough of. Fitzpatrick helps the magic of The Algonquin Round Table stay alive for future generations to learn a ...more
Lynda
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating guide to the people and places of the Algonquin Hotel's Vicious Circle. Pocket-sized, thin edition with brief entries. ...more
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Kevin Fitzpatrick is the author and editor of eight books that are all tied to New York City history. His most recent is 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss (Emons), the first guide to the borough in five years. His previous book, World War One New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War (Globe Pequot Press); won the Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fict ...more

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