Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide” as Want to Read:
The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  10 reviews
"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
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
really liked it Average rating 4.00  · 
Rating details
 ·  57 ratings  ·  10 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide
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
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
Terin Miller "The Bull Guy"

This review is from: The Algonquin Round Table New York: A Historical Guide

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-
Zeb Kantrowitz
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Carol Radovan
rated it it was amazing
Sep 26, 2016
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Alexandra Cottle
rated it it was amazing
Jan 14, 2020
David Marlow
rated it it was amazing
Jan 12, 2016
rated it liked it
May 14, 2015
rated it really liked it
Oct 16, 2017
Leslie Mastin
rated it it was amazing
Sep 03, 2015
Brenda Marcus
rated it it was amazing
Jul 08, 2016
Michael Sparrow
rated it liked it
Sep 06, 2015
rated it it was ok
Jun 14, 2016
Patricia Orner
rated it really liked it
Jan 04, 2019
India McCarty
rated it liked it
Jan 09, 2021
rated it it was amazing
Dec 28, 2019
Roberta L. Monson
rated it it was amazing
Apr 29, 2020
William Gatevackes
rated it really liked it
Aug 21, 2018
Kevin Parsons
rated it liked it
Nov 04, 2014
Brandi Ball
rated it liked it
Sep 28, 2017
rated it liked it
Aug 14, 2018
Dwight Garvin
rated it really liked it
Oct 15, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Dec 12, 2015
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The House of Mirth
  • Edie: American Girl
  • Less Than Zero
  • By Myself
  • Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy, #3)
  • Never Get Angry Again: The Foolproof Way to Stay Calm and in Control in Any Conversation or Situation
  • Make Peace With Anyone: Breakthrough Strategies to Quickly End Any Conflict, Feud, or Estrangement
  • Spy the Lie: Three Former CIA Officers Reveal Their Secrets to Uncloaking Deception
  • Famous Crimes Revisited: From Sacco-Vanzetti to O. J. Simpson
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman
  • The Prison Doctor
  • The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy
  • The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex and Feminism
  • Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
  • Unnatural Causes: The Life and Many Deaths of Britain's Top Forensic Pathologist
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents, Part 1: From Washington to Taft
  • Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain
See similar books…
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

Related Articles

New year! New books! New this month: Scandal rocks an elite British boarding school in The Divines. A dark secret spans several...
91 likes · 38 comments