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Kaufman, George S. (1889 - 1961).

W o r k

- a journalist, theatre critic, and playwright

- called "The Great Collaborator": collaborated on more than 40 plays with different writers x but: wrote very few plays alone

- wrote farce and comedy of technical virtuosity, inventiveness, and conversational wit

Of Thee I Sing (1931):

- a musical play in collaboration with Morrie Ryskin

- won him the Pulitzer Prize

A Night at the Opera (1935):

- a comedy film in collaboration with Morrie Ryskin

- Kaufman wrote the screenplay

You Can't Take It With You (1936):

- a comedy in collaboration with Moss Hart

- won him the Pulitzer Prize

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1939):

- a comedy in collaboration with Moss Hart


"That’s why I’m sitting here with you, because you remind me of you. Your eyes, your throat, your lips, everything about you reminds me of you, except you. How do you account for that? If she figures that one out, she’s good".

From A Night at the Opera (1935).


(Photo: Wikimedia Commons).

  • Author

    George S(imon) Kaufman. (1889 - 1961). American.
  • Work

    Playwright. Drama critic. Author of plays in collaboration.
  • Genres

    Modern drama. Comedy. Farce.


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