Nathan, George Jean

Nathan, George Jean

▪ American writer
born Feb. 14, 1882, Fort Wayne, Ind., U.S.
died April 8, 1958, New York City

      American author, editor, and drama critic, who is credited with raising the standards of play producers and playgoers alike.

      Nathan graduated from Cornell University in 1904 and joined the staff of the New York Herald. Beginning in 1906, he was at various times drama critic for numerous magazines and newspapers, but his name is particularly associated with The Smart Set, of which he was co-editor (1914–23) with H.L. Mencken (Mencken, H.L.), and with the American Mercury, which, also with Mencken, he helped to found in 1924. As a critic Nathan championed the plays of Henrik Ibsen (Ibsen, Henrik), August Strindberg (Strindberg, August), George Bernard Shaw (Shaw, George Bernard), Eugene O'Neill (O'Neill, Eugene), Sean O'Casey (O'Casey, Sean), and William Saroyan (Saroyan, William). Nathan published his Theatre Book of the Year annually from 1943 through 1951, as well as more than 30 volumes of lively essays on theatrical and other subjects. Nathan married the actress Julie Haydon in 1955. His correspondence with O'Casey was edited by Robert G. Lowery and Patricia Angelin as My Very Dear Sean: George Jean Nathan to Sean O'Casey, Letters and Articles (1985).

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