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Alexander Woollcott (1887–1943)

Author of While Rome Burns

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Works by Alexander Woollcott

While Rome Burns (1934) 192 copies
Long, Long Ago (1943) 121 copies
As You Were (1943) 65 copies
Woollcott's second reader (1937) 45 copies
The Portable Woollcott (1946) 45 copies
Verdun Belle (1977) 7 copies
Enchanted Aisles (1975) 5 copies
A New Jersey Reader (1961) 3 copies

Associated Works

The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll (1845) — Introduction, some editions — 4,439 copies
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (1944) — Contributor — 647 copies
Charles Dickens (1906) — Foreword — 351 copies
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Contributor — 300 copies
Men at War: The Best War Stories of All Time (1942) — Contributor — 289 copies
The Fireside Book of Dog Stories (1943) — Contributor — 146 copies
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Contributor — 136 copies
Best Dog Stories (1990) — Contributor — 118 copies
The Big Book of Adventure Stories (2011) — Contributor — 116 copies
The Moonstone and The Woman in White (1937) — Foreword, some editions — 115 copies
Great True Stories of Crime, Mystery, and Detection (1965) — Contributor — 94 copies
Bar the Doors (1972) — Contributor — 80 copies
65 Great Tales of Horror (1981) — Contributor — 59 copies
Desert Island Decameron (1945) — Contributor — 57 copies
The Fourth Pan Book of Horror Stories (1963) — Contributor — 48 copies
The Murderer's Companion (1929) — Foreword, some editions — 47 copies
The Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection (1945) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Little Book of Horrors (1992) — Contributor — 41 copies
Unsolved! Classic True Murder Cases (1987) — Contributor — 41 copies
A Doctor of the Old School (1895) — Foreword, some editions — 31 copies
The Big Book of Favorite Dog Stories (1964) — Contributor — 29 copies
Tales of Terror and Suspense (1963) — Contributor — 23 copies
Monster Festival: Classic Tales of the Macabre (1965) — Contributor — 17 copies
Nonsenseorship (2006) — Contributor — 13 copies
Law in Action: An Anthology of the Law in Literature (1947) — Contributor — 13 copies
A Cavalcade of Collier's (1959) — Contributor — 10 copies
Tall Short Stories (1960) — Contributor — 9 copies
Fifty Strangest Stories Ever Told (1937) — Contributor — 8 copies
Thin Air: An Anthology of Ghost Stories (1966) — Contributor — 7 copies
Bachelor's Quarters: Stories from Two Worlds (1944) — Contributor — 7 copies
Stories of Scarlet Women (1962) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
1935 Essay Annual — Contributor — 4 copies
A Gathering of Ghosts: A Treasury (1970) — Contributor — 4 copies
Horror Stories (audiobook) (1995) — Contributor — 4 copies
Thrillers, Chillers & Killers (1979) — Contributor — 4 copies
The American Legion Reader (1953) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Bathroom Reader (1946) — Contributor — 3 copies
Murder won't out — Foreword — 3 copies

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As You Were is an anthology of American literature edited by Alexander Woolcott. It includes fiction, poetry and non-fiction essays. It was prepared by Viking Press for members of the Armed Forces and the Merchant Marine in 1943. My copy was presented to my father by my grandmother, his future mother-in-law, on his 21st birthday July 3, 1943. I have read it completely once and go back parts, especially the poetry often. I am always struck by Alan Seeger's I Have a Rendezvous with Death and Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight by Vachel Lindsay.… (more)
 
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MMc009 | 1 other review | Jan 30, 2022 |
This is a good survey of the literary efforts of the American Entertainment personality of the mid-twentieth century. He often had a radio book review show, and was widely seen as an irascible intellectual. He did some play writing, had small film and Broadway roles, and was a familiar figure in the New Yorker Magazine and at the Algonquin round Table. His epigrams were often attributed to others, but were penetrating. "Los Angeles is seven neighbourhoods in search of a city." "His huff having arrived, he left in it!" "Everything I like to do is either illegal, Immoral, or fattening." being the best known. Thus the book is worth the reading. Warning. I read this book when I was eighteen; it has probably warped my prose style ever since.… (more)
 
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DinadansFriend | Jan 14, 2022 |
A collection of essays by a (perhaps literally) outsize personality, covering a number of different topics, including the theatre, murders and travel. All of the essays are fairly short, but some of them are quite punchy. The murder episodes in particular are what bring the average of the essays up. Woollcott shamelessly name-drops, but in his defence, he did know a lot of people. One or two of the lines in the essays, especially his one on Dorothy Parker, have stood the test of time. Generally recommended, though you may skip through a few essays here or there.… (more)
 
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EricCostello | 2 other reviews | Jan 2, 2019 |
An interesting selection by Alexander Woollcott of reading material for the Armed Forces during WWII. The selections range from lesser-known short stories by authors such as Hemingway, O. Henry and Bret Harte; poetry offerings from Longfellow, Whitman, Poe, etc.; and an American Fact category with The Declaration of Independence, A Letter Fom Franklin to Washington, The Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln, etc. At a time when many servicemen were feverishly passing around copies of Forever Amber, this is perhaps a selection that reveals much about what Mr. Woollcott felt the sevicemen should read rather than what he actually wanted to read.… (more)
 
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seoulful | 1 other review | Mar 17, 2010 |

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