Little Nell and Lady Macbeth

I found a copy of Howard Teichmann’s 1976 biography, Smart Aleck, The Wit, World and Life of Alexander Woollcott. A bargain at $4. Woolcott was one of the founders of the Algonquin Round Table. The book is giving me excellent information for more Parker additions. I found out that Woollcott, after the Round Table disbanded and he left the Times, had a radio show on CBS. Dorothy Parker was a guest in the 1930s on his show “The Town Crier” and there is a photo of her and Harpo Marx in the studio. Dorothy is dressed head-to-toe in black; of course with a hat on. Woolcott also pegged Parker with one of the most-used descriptions, frequently quoted: “A combination of Little Nell and Lady Macbeth.”

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