Donald Books: Catalogue
Summer 2009: New York's Greatest Literary GroupThe Lost Algonquin Round Table
Edited by Nat Benchley and Kevin C. Fitzpatrick
ISBN (hardcover): 9781440151521
ISBN (paperback): 97181440151514
Perfect Bound Soft Cover: $18.95
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To launch Donald Books, publisher Kevin C. Fitzpatrick chose a project that interested him for several years: publishing work by the Algonquin Round Table. Fitzpatrick has been a fan of the group; he founded the Dorothy Parker Society in 1999 and has led walking tours of the haunts of the "Vicious Circle" for a decade. But he wanted to bring a book out that went beyond the quips and smart remarks. With his friend, Nat Benchley, they edited a book together and decided to self-publish it, using the tools of iUniverse to do so.
The first book to be published by Donald Books is THE LOST ALGONQUIN ROUND TABLE, contains 50 pieces written by the Round Table, the legendary group of writers and critics that met at New York City's Algonquin Hotel in the 1920s. This new collection presents, for the first time, many pieces from family collections and long-lost periodicals. Nat Benchley, grandson of Robert Benchley, and Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of A Journey into Dorothy Parker's New York, edited the book. Unearthed from dusty bookcases, public troves and dark recesses:
- Humor pieces by Robert Benchley, Franklin P. Adams, Heywood Broun, Frank Sullivan and Donald Ogden Stewart.
- Criticism from Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman and Robert E. Sherwood.
- Short fiction by Laurence Stallings and Pulitzer Prize-winners Edna Ferber and Margaret Leech.
- Journalism from Alexander Woollcott, Ruth Hale and Deems Taylor.
- Poetry by Adams, Marc Connelly, Dorothy Parker and John V. A. Weaver.
THE LOST ALGONQUIN ROUND TABLE is a rich compendium of the writings that made the group famous, before their japes and bon mots were collected and anthologized. Here, under one cover, are many of the pieces that brought the members of the famous salon to the publics attention. The collection offers ample evidence of why the group was so revered.
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