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The vicious circle;: The story of the Algonquin Round Table Hardcover – 1951


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  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Rinehart; First Edition edition (1951)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006ASQHI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,407,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on September 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
How can it be that this has not been reviewed? What a great source this is on the Algonquin Round Table by the daughter of the owner of the Algonquin hotel who witnessed it first hand.

The author Margaret Case Harriman grew up at the Algonquin Hotel, her father Frank Case was manager and later owner of the hotel and was credited with fostering the meetings of the Round Table at his hotel. This book is not of her life but more of the establishment of the group and their lives along with her personal interactions and impressions. She generally ate lunch in the same dining room a few tables away with friends or family but was naturally not a part of the group.

Harriman was a writer too, working first for Vanity Fair and later wrote profiles for the New Yorker. In this book she applies her skill in profile sketches and does a wonderful but somewhat glossy, lite version of the many members of the Round Table, the core group and the less regular ones. I like that as I find now after so many years too much focus is put on Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley along with the next level of remembered names of Alexander Woollcott, Harold Ross, George Kaufman, Edna Ferber, Franklin Pierce Adams, Harpo, Tallulah Bankhead, Charles MacArthur etc but her book also covers the ones who seem to be forgotten now such as Heywood Broun, Ruth Hale, Jane Grant, Robert Sherwood, Marc Connelly, Donald Ogden Stewart,Deems Taylor, Peggy Wood, Neysa McMein, etc.

It is not a serious or critical book but still it is an important resource by a writer who had a front row seat.
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