Algonquin Round Table

The Algonquin Round Table

An Online History of the Vicious Circle

"Silly of me to blame it on dates, but so it happened to be. Dammit, it was the Twenties, and we had to be smarty." — Dorothy Parker

Welcome to the online history of the Round Table

[Algonquin Hotel, New York, NY]The Algonquin Round Table was a group of journalists, editors, actors and press agents that met on a regular basis at the Algonquin Hotel in New York. The group began lunching together in June 1919 and continued on a regular basis for about eight years. There has never been another group quite like them in American popular culture or entertainment.

The group contributed to hit plays, bestselling books and popular newspaper columns. Their impact is still felt today. This site is a testament to that. Many know of the core group -- Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott, Robert Benchley, and Edna Ferber -- however, there were about 24 members of the Round Table. You will learn more about the entire group here.

During the upcoming months this site will grow as more material is added. It is an ongoing project. If you want to contribute, please contact the table. is written and produced by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, author of A Journey into Dorothy Parker's New York and president of the Dorothy Parker Society. He leads regular walking tours from the Algonquin Hotel -- capped off by lunch at The Round Table itself. is supported by the ads you see on the site. It is not affiliated with the Algonquin Hotel.