Brooks Atkinson

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Date of Birth November 28, 1894
Place of Birth Melrose, Massachusetts
Date of Death Jan 14, 1984 (89)
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Brooks Atkinson

Justin Brooks Atkinson was an American theatre critic. He worked for The New York Times from 1922 to 1960. In his obituary, the Times called him "the theater's most influential reviewer of his time." Atkinson became a Times theater critic in the 1920s and his reviews became very influential. He insisted on leaving the drama desk during World War II to report on the war, he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 for his work as the Moscow correspondent for the Times. He returned to the theater beat in the late 1940s, until his retirement in 1960.

Born: Justin Brooks Atkinson, November 28, 1894, Melrose, Massachusetts, US
Died: January 14, 1984, Huntsville, Alabama, US
Nationality: American
Occupation: Theatre critic, war correspondent
Years active: 1925–1960
Employer: The New York Times
Known for: Pulitzer Prize for Correspondence

About Brooks Atkinson

Respected New York Times theater critic who wrote reviews from 1925 to 1960.

Before Fame

He graduated from Harvard University in 1917.


He was known as the most important reviewer of his time.

Family Life

He married Oriana Macllveen in 1926.


He was a critical admirer of Eugene O'Neill.

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