George Jean Nathan

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George Jean Nathan (February 14, 1882 – April 8, 1958) was an American drama critic and editor. He worked closely with H.L. Mencken, bringing the literary magazine The Smart Set to prominence as an editor, and co-founding and editing The American Mercury.

Early life

Nathan was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Cornell University in 1904, where he was a member of ... more »

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  • ''The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.''
    George Jean Nathan (1882-1958), U.S. critic. American Mercury (Sept. 1929).
  • ''To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.''
    George Jean Nathan (1882-1958), U.S. critic. "Art," American Mercury (July 1929).
  • ''I only drink to make other people seem more interesting.''
    George Jean Nathan (1882-1958), U.S. critic. Quoted beneath his picture in Charlie O's bar, New York City.
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