Friday, December 3, 2010
The Ghosts of The Algonquin Roundtable Writers
As I have prepared for me trip, I found a link between my trip and the ghosts of many old writers. This link, however tangential, has just made my day. The Algonquin group is running the conference I am going to and one of the most haunted locations in New York is the Algonquin Hotel, which is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the Algonquin Writers Round table. The Algonquin Hotel was made famous as being the meeting place for the Algonquin writer's circle who were considered to be some of the best writers of the time. The Hotel is said to be haunted by these authors to this day. The group, who called themselves "The Vicious Circle" included Dorothy Parker, Franklin Pierce, Robert Benchley, Robert Sherwood, Alexander Woolcott, Harpo Marx, Harold Ross, Heywood Broun, George S. Kaufman, Marc Connelly, Franklin Pierce Adams, and Edna Ferber. Guests at the Alonquin have claimed to have seen various members of this group of writers throughout the hotel. They have also claimed to hear odd noises and witnessed other supernatural occurrences withing the hotel.
I'm not sure what the link between the group that is hosting the conference I am going to and the old Algonquin writing circle is, but I feel inspired to know that there is some kind of link between the conference and the ghosts of more successful writers. The Algonquin Hotel will be the first haunted location I visit in New York. Maybe I can find inspiration in the ghosts of greater writers than me.