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George S. Kaufman


George S Kaufman

George S. Kaufman was one of the most successful playwrights in the American theatre during Broadway's golden years between the two World Wars. His particular brand of sharp comedy and satire produced forty-five Broadway plays, the majority of which were successes; all but one of which were written in collaboration with other authors.

He was also a talented and precise director of his own work and several other popular plays and musicals. Renowned as a humorist and wit, he was a charter member of the famed Algonquin Round Table.

Kaufman worked with most of the major theatrical talents of his era including the Marx Brothers and the Gershwins, as well as regular collaborator Moss Hart, with whom he produced arguably his best work. He was also the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for drama, including the first Pulitzer ever awarded to a musical.

His work includes DULCY (1921), MERTON ON THE MOVIES (1922) and BEGGAR ON HORSEBACK (1924), written in collaboration with Marc Connelly; THE BUTTER AND EGG MAN (1925), a satire on theatrical production, the only play that Kaufman wrote alone; OF THEE I SING (1931), a musical-comedy satire on politics with Morrie Ryskind and Ira Gershwin (with music by George Gershwin); DINNER AT EIGHT (1932) and THE LAND IS BRIGHT (1941) with Edna Ferber; THE SOLID GOLD CADILLAC (1953) with Howard Teichmann; and a number of successes with Moss Hart that include ONCE IN A LIFETIME (1930), YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1936), and THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER (1939).

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