Algonquin Round Table

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Members of the Algonquin Round Table : (standing :) Art Samuels, Harpo Marx; (seated :) Charlie MacArthur, Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woollcott, around 1919

The Algonquin Round Table was a legendary literary circle of a loose group of journalists , writers and actors who regularly gathered at the famous Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan , New York City .

In June 1919, the theater critic Dorothy Parker- Rothschild (1893-1967), the playwright Robert E. Sherwood (1896-1955) and the humorist Robert Benchley (1889-1945) met for lunch at the Hotel Algonquin on the Upper West Side . They formed a literary trio that was later called the Algonquin Round Table . During the daily meetings, the participants fought heated arguments in which sarcasm and alcohol were the order of the day.


Regular participants

Irregular participants


  • The regular meetings and its prominent participants are the reason that the hotel is now part of the cultural heritage of the city of New York.
  • The hotel now has a plaque with a quote from theater critic Brooks Atkinson :
"The personalities who came together here fundamentally changed the American understanding of what constitutes a comedy through their creations and broke the ground for a new stage in the arts and in theater."


Web links


  1. a b Algonquin Hotel