Beatrice Kaufman

A member of the famed Algonquin Round Table, Beatrice Kaufman made an impact on the American literary scene both for publishing important modernist writers and for writing her own subversively feminist stories and plays. Kaufman studied at Wellesley and the University of Rochester before moving to New York with her husband, playwright George S. Kaufman, in 1917. The pair joined the Round Table (made famous by members like Dorothy Parker) and by 1920 Beatrice Kaufman was running the editorial department for Boni & Liveright, cultivating major writers such as Eliot, Faulkner, cummings, and Steinbeck. She pushed hard to persuade the publisher to buy Hemingway’s first book, In Our Time. She went on to become a story editor for Samuel Goldwyn and fiction editor for both Harper’s Bazaar and Viking Press. Meanwhile, she earned more public acclaim by publishing short stories in the New Yorker and writing several Broadway plays, including Divided by Three, where a woman splits herself into parts under the pressures of pleasing her husband, her son, and her lover.

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Writer and playwright Beatrice Kaufman in 1934.

Image courtesy of The Library of Congress.

Date of Birth

Rochester, NY
United States

Date of Death
Writer, Playwright, Editor

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