Alexander Humphreys Woollcott was born January 19, 1887 – died January 23, 1943.  Woollcott was an American critic and commentator for The New Yorker magazine, and a member of the Algonquin Round Table. He was the inspiration for Sheridan Whiteside, the main character in the play The Man Who Came to Dinner by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and for the far less likable character Waldo Lydecker in the classic film Laura. He claimed to be the inspiration for Rex Stout’s brilliant detective Nero Wolfe, but Stout discounted this. Woollcott’s review of the Marx Brothers’ Broadway debut, I’ll Say She Is, helped highlight the renaissance of the group’s career and started a life-long friendship with Harpo Marx. Two of Harpo’s adopted sons are named William (Bill) Woollcott Marx and Alexander Marx after him.


Original Alexander Woollcott Autograph, hand signed on Heavy Card Stock. Approx. Size of Paper 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Regular Price – $ 395.00 / Sale Price – $ 248.95.

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