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Brooks Atkinson

Drama Critic Brooks Atkinson

Profession: Drama Critic

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Longstanding drama critic for The New York Times, Atkinson worked for the newspaper from 1922-1960.

Atkinson's reviews were very influential and could make or break a show. He was a supporter of off-Broadway and new American playwrights and was an early admirer of Eugene O'Neill's work.

During WWII he served as a war correspondent and after the war as the paper's Moscow correspondent, earning a Pulitzer Prize for foreign correspondence in 1947.

Born: November 28, 1894
Birthplace: Melrose, Massachusetts, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: January 14, 1984 (aged 89)

Historical Events

  • 1956-11-08 NYT critic Brooks Atkinson writes of Eugene O'Neill's latest play 'With the production of 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' at the Helen Hayes last evening, the American theater acquires size and stature."

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