Biography and History

Louis Kronenberger was an American critic, novelist, and biographer. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 1924, he worked for the New York Times until, in 1926, he obtained an editorial job with Boni and Liveright. He subsequently worked as an editor for Alfred Knopf from 1933-1938 before serving as the drama critic for Time magazine from 1938-1961 and PM from1940–48. In addition, Kronenberger taught drama at several universities, including Columbia, Harvard, and Brandeis, where, in 1951, he founded the Department of Theater Arts. Kronenberger is the author of several creative works, including The Grand Manner (1929), Grand Right and Left (1952), and A Month of Sundays (1961). His play The Heavenly Twins was produced on Broadway in 1955. In addition, he wrote biographies of Sarah Churchill, Oscar Wilde, and John Wilkes, edited the Best Plays series from 1952-1961, and published widely in the fields of literary and historical criticism.

Source: From the finding aid for C1406

  • Louis Kronenberger Papers. 1939-1980 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1406

    Louis Kronenberger was an American literary critic, novelist, and biographer. Contains correspondence with notable literary figures as well as editorial requests and drafts of Kronenberger's writings.

  • Louis Kronenberger Papers. 1939-1980 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1406

    Louis Kronenberger was an American literary critic, novelist, and biographer. Contains correspondence with notable literary figures as well as editorial requests and drafts of Kronenberger's writings.