Alexander Woollcott- His last word was ‘Hitler’

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Alexander Woollcott, in full Alexander Humphreys Woollcott, (born January 19, 1887, Phalanx, New Jersey, U.S.—died January 23, 1943, New York City, New York), American author, critic, and actor known for his acerbic wit. A large, portly man, he was the self-appointed leader of the Algonquin Round Table, an informal luncheon club at New York City’s Algonquin Hotel in the 1920s and ’30s.

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Woollcott, when, on January 23, 1943, he appeared on his last radio broadcast,as a participant in a Writers’ War Board panel discussion on the CBS Radio program The People’s Platform. Marking the tenth anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, the topic was “Is Germany Incurable?” Panelists included Woollcott, Hunter College president George Shuster, Brooklyn College president Henry Gideonse, and novelists Rex Stout and Marcia Davenport. The program’s format began as a dinner party in the studio’s private dining room, with the microphones in place. Table talk would lead into a live network radio broadcast, and each panelist would begin with a provocative response to the topic. “The German people are just as responsible for Hitler as the people of Chicago are for the Chicago Tribune,” Woollcott stated emphatically, and the panelists noted Woollcott’s physical distress.Ten minutes into the broadcast, Woollcott commented that he was feeling ill, but continued his remarks. “It’s a fallacy to think that Hitler was the cause of the world’s present woes,” he said. Woollcott continued, adding “Germany was the cause of Hitler.” He said nothing further. The radio audience was unaware that Woollcott had suffered a heart attack. He died at New York’s Roosevelt Hospital a few hours later, aged 56,of a cerebral hemorrhage.

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Truman Capote’s To kill a mockingbird.

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Alright, before I get the whole world of literature chasing me out of town, let me explain the title of this blog.

Every one knows that ‘to Kill a Mockingbird’ was penned by Harper Lee.

Harper Lee and Truman Capote were very close friends.

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It may surprise you to know that the dorky kid next door from To Kill a Mockingbird was based on infamous crime writer Truman Capote.

Capote and author Harper Lee were next door neighbors, and remained close friends into adulthood, even traveling around the U.S. together. When Lee penned her famous novel, she added a nod to Capote as he was as a child, in the character of Dill.

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Being great friends Capote returned the favour. Capote based the character of Idabel in Other Voices, Other Rooms on his Monroeville neighbor and best friend, Harper Lee. Capote once acknowledged this: “Mr. and Mrs. Lee, Harper Lee’s mother and father, lived very near. She was my best friend. Did you ever read her book, To Kill a Mockingbird? I’m a character in that book, which takes place in the same small town in Alabama where we lived. Her father was a lawyer, and she and I used to go to trials all the time as children. We went to the trials instead of going to the movies.”

Lee and Capote both had strained relationships with their mothers as children. Lee’s mother suffered from psychological problems and severe mood swings. Capote’s mother didn’t want him, often locking him alone in hotel rooms. She left him in Monroeville in the care of her cousins while she pursued a carefree life in New York City.

When Lee and Capote were still in elementary school, Lee’s father, Amasa Coleman Lee, gave them a typewriter. The two of them took turns dictating stories and typing them up.

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