American Decades 1920-1929 (American Decades) by Judith S. Baughman, Matthew Joseph Bruccoli, Vincent

By Judith S. Baughman, Matthew Joseph Bruccoli, Vincent Tompkins, Richard Layman, Victor Bondi

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Nineteen different work by Eugene O'Neill, the supreme American dramatist, were premiered — not all in New York City — in the 1920s (among them: Anna Christie, 1921; Desire Under the Elms, 1924; and Strange Interlude, 1928). George S. Kaufman was author or coauthor of eighteen productions and Marc Connelly of eleven — nine of them jointly (for example, Beggar on Horseback, 1924) during the decade. There were nine premiered works by Philip Barry {Holiday in 1928); sixteen by Sidney Howard {They Knew What They Wanted in 32 1924); and three by Robert E.

The café talk was full of isms and new movements. Indeed, everything had something to do with art. In addition to those already noted, a partial roll call of the Americans who did serious work during extended stays in Paris includes artists Man A R T S Ray, Alexander Calder, Jo Davidson; composer George Antheil; writers Djuna Barnes, Kay Boyle, E. E. Cummings, Hilda Doolittle, Janet Flanner, Glenway Wescott, and Archibald MacLeish. A Lost Generation. Decades and generations acquire labels that stick, whether or not they are accurate.

G. Wodehouse, and Sigmund Romberg; it stars Marilyn Miller, Frank Morgan, and Jack Donahue. 30 Jan. Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude opens. 9 May Blackbirds of 1928 opens with songs by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields; the all-black cast stars Bill Robinson and Adelaide Hall. 14 Aug. The Front Page by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht opens; the newspaper melodrama stars Lee Tracy and Osgood Perkins. 19 Sept. New Moon opens with songs by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II. 23 Oct. Animal Crackers opens with songs by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalamar; it stars the Marx Brothers.

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