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George Jean Nathan
(1882-1958) born on
Feb 14
US editor, critic. He was known for writing on contemporary theater; co-founded and edited "American Mercury," 1924-30.
         
   
F
An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out.

R
To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.
A
The test of a real comedian is whether you laugh at him before he opens his mouth.
N
It is also said of me that I now and then contradict myself. Yes, I improve wonderfully as time goes on.
K
Criticism is the windows and chandeliers of art: it illuminates the enveloping darkness in which art might otherwise rest only vaguely discernible, and perhaps altogether unseen.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Theatre in the Fifties."
R: "Art," in "American Mercury," Jul 1929.
A: In "American Mercury," Sep 1929.
N: "The Theatre in the Fifties."
K: "The Critic and the Drama," 1922.
   


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