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date: 19 February 2020

Nathan, George Jeanfree

Born 14 Feb. 1882; s of Charles Narét-Nathan and Ella Nirdlinger; m 1955, Julie Haydon; died 8 April 1958

Dramatic Critic Theatre Arts magazine and the King Features Syndicate


Cornell Univ. (BA); Univ. of Bologna, Italy, Indiana University (Lit.D)


Editor (with H. L. Mencken) Smart Set Magazine (also dramatic critic); founder and editor (with same) The American Mercury (also critic), and subsequently contributing editor and critic; founder (with Theodore Dreiser, Eugene O’Neill, James Branch Cabell, Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Boyd) and editor The American Spectator, also critic. Authority on American theatre since 1935 Encyclopædia Britannica and Britannica Book of the Year. Contributor to leading American periodicals. President NY Drama Critics Circle, 1937–381939. Hon. Member London Critics Circle


40 books, including The Popular Theatre, 1918, The American Credo, 1920, The Critic and the Drama, 1922, Materia Critica, 1924, The House of Satan, 1926, Since Ibsen, 1933, The Theatre of the Moment, 1936, Encyclopædia of the Theatre, 1940, The Entertainment of a Nation, 1942, The Theatre Book of the Year, 1943–1944, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, etc


Wine, tobacco and work


44 West 44th St, New York City, 36, NY, USA

Murray Hill 2–8060