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Walter Kerr

Walter KerrAKA Walter Francis Kerr

Born: 8-Jul-1913
Birthplace: Evanston, IL
Died: 9-Oct-1996
Location of death: Dobbs Ferry, NY
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Critic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: New York Times drama critic

Wife: Jean Kerr (author/playwright, m. 9-Aug-1943, until his death, five sons, one daughter)
Son: Christopher
Son: Colin (twin)
Son: John (twin)
Son: Gilbert
Son: Gregory
Daughter: Kitty

    University: BA, Northwestern University
    University: MA, Northwestern University
    Professor: Associate Professor, Catholic University of America (1939-49)

    Pulitzer Prize for Criticism 1978
    Commonweal Drama Critic (1949-51)
    The New York Herald Tribune Drama Critic (1951-66)
    The New York Times Drama Critic (1966-83)

Author of books:
How Not to Write a Play (1955)
Pieces at Eight (1957)
Criticism and Censorship (1957)
The Decline of Pleasure (1962)
The Theater in Spite of Itself (1963)
Tragedy and Comedy (1967)
Thirty Plays Hath November (1969)
God on the Gymnasium Floor and Other Theatrical Adventures (1971)
Silent Clowns (1975)
Journey to the Center of the Theater (1979)

Wrote plays:
Sing Out Sweet Land (1945)
Touch and Go (1949, with Jean Kerr)
Goldilocks (1958, with Jean Kerr)


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