Elmer Rice

Playwright and Novelist Elmer Rice

Full Name: Elmer Leopold Reizenstein
Profession: Playwright and Novelist

United States of America

Biography: Elmer Rice was an American playwright and novelist. He is best known for his plays The Adding Machine and Dream Girl. He was a leading figure of the American Realist movement.

Rice was born in New York City in 1892. He began his career as a journalist, but soon turned to writing plays. His first play, On Trial, was a success, and launched his career as a professional playwright. He went on to write dozens of plays, both original works and adaptations.

Rice was a committed social activist, and many of his plays deal with social and political issues. He was a vocal critic of racism, and his plays often deal with racial tensions. He also wrote about the working class, and the struggles of ordinary people.

Rice was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1929 for his play The Subway.

Born: September 28, 1892
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Libra

Died: May 8, 1967 (aged 74)

Historical Events

  • 1914-08-19 Elmer Rice's play "On Trial" premieres in NYC
  • 1923-03-09 Elmer Rice's "Adding Machine" premieres in NYC
  • 1928-01-12 Philip Barry and Elmer Rice's play "Cock Robin" premieres in NYC
  • 1929-01-10 Elmer Rice's "Street Scene" premieres in NYC
  • 1945-12-14 Elmer Rice's play "Dream Girl" premieres in NYC