- George Jean Nathan
George Jean Nathan (
February 14 1882– April 8 1958) was an American drama criticand editor.
Nathan was born in
Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Cornell Universityin 1904, where he was a member of the Quill and Daggersociety.
Drama critic career
Noted for the erudition and cynicism of his reviews, Nathan was an early champion of
Eugene O'Neill. Together with H.L. Mencken, he co-edited the magazine " The Smart Set" from 1914 and co-founded " The American Mercury" in 1924. He was also a founder and an editor (1932–35) of the "American Spectator", and after 1943 he wrote a syndicated column for the " New York Journal-American".
Over the years, Nathan's criticisms were published in "Mr. George Jean Nathan Presents" (1917), "The Critic and the Drama" (1922), "The Testament of a Critic" (1931), "Since Ibsen" (1933), "Passing Judgments" (1935), "The World of George Jean Nathan" (1952), and "The Magic Mirror" (1960). Nathan's philosophy of criticism is laid out in "Autobiography of an Attitude" (1925).
Relationships and marriage
Though he published a paean to "The Bachelor Life" in 1941, Nathan had a reputation as a "ladies man" -- and one not averse to dating within his field; indeed the character of Addison De Witt, the waspish theater critic who squires a starlet (played by a then-unknown Marilyn Monroe) in the film "All About Eve", was based on Nathan. His most famous relationship was reportedly with actress
Lillian Gish. Their relationship began in the late 1920s and lasted almost a decade, with Gish repeatedly refusing his marriage proposals. Fact|date=October 2007
Nathan eventually married considerably younger stage actress
Julie Haydonin 1955.
Nathan died in
New York Cityin 1958, aged 76.
The George Jean Nathan Award, an honor in dramatic criticism, is named after him.
:"One does not go to the theater to see life and nature; one goes to see the particular way in which life and nature happen to look to a cultivated, imaginative and entertaining man who happens, in turn, to be a playwright." –George Jean Nathan [cite book|last=Lumley|first=Frederick|title=New Trends in 20th Century Drama: A Survey Since Ibsen and Shaw|publisher=
Barrie and Jenkins|date=1972|location=London|pages=p. 12|isbn=978-0195196801]
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