Books Like Idiot's Delight by Robert E. Sherwood | Suggesting Reading

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Sherwood's play The Petrified Forest has a similar structure and similar themes to Idiot's Delight: a mismatched assemblage of travelers is trapped together in a bus station in the West by a desperate gunman, whose violence threatens to destroy the social ideals of an intellectual pacifist. The play was first published in 1935 and is currently available from Dramatist's Play Service, published in 1998.

Those interested in Sherwood's life will want to read James R. Gaines's Wit's End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table, about the legendary social group that Sherwood shared with Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman, and other literary figures of the twenties and thirties. This book, considered the best on the subject, was published in 1977 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

During World War II, Sherwood worked for the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. His 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Roosevelt and Hopkins, about the...

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