Indianapolis Star, 11/4/1917, p. 2

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Indianapolis Star, 11/4/1917, p. 2 - war, w.hen frowned FAMOUS DRAMATIC CRITIC DIES...
war, w.hen frowned FAMOUS DRAMATIC CRITIC DIES AT NEW YORK CITY i became a difficult NEW YORK, Nov. 3.--To the newspaper, man whose memory carries him back to j the eighties and nineties the sudden death ' of Echvard A. Dithmar came as a special; ·hock. No ^man in the profession was. better known, better liked or more re- i spected than Dithmar during the span of ; some service-of the New York Times. He was 63 years old and,almost to the day of hla it ao- death was at his desk as usual Dlthmar will be best remembered as a more ei- '* '" "" " """" *" working and help instantly dramatic critic, for It was to that that he devoted twenty.years of his .life.. He was 'the contemporary apd the intimate intimate friend of the late William Winter of the Tribune, with whom he collaborated-, especially In their memories of Augustln Daly. He collaborated also at various times with Brander Matthews, Lawrence ·Button and H. C. Bunner.. Mr. "»' 01 tht- laxe Clyde Fitch and until the lat- was his mentor, friend.and * v . severest critic. It was Dithmar who per- suaded Richard Mansfield to employ Fitch to ^He,. the since famous play "Beau ,at..Brummel." for which highly .successful drama he received only $l,50u. . I p oss ibly nobody except his old and In- th^ ] tlmate ' WendS kneW ^at Dlthmar's one sreat life was that .he are for were 'l.lll*llV"~"*~"OtiUUlU--WW--**W*^--*V--«-U-*^4----* - ·"«··-*« not, I am afraid, the necessary Imaglna- these was never able to write a successful play --a play that came up to-his own high standards of excellence. He once said to an Intimate acquaintance: "I can not understand it. Try as I may I seem to be 'quite unable' to write the' sort of thing I think I should-be-able-to-write.--I-have_ a f s a tion, I have reviewed other people's work for too many years. Once upon a time I read a scenario and one act of a play of only coiiuneuC ..«« 'very'fine, very fine, Edward,'-'but he of [never offered to produce it." -

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  1. The Indianapolis Star,
  2. 04 Nov 1917, Sun,
  3. Page 2

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