Bernard Sobel

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Bernard Sobel
Born 1887
Attica, Indiana
Died 1964 (aged 7677)
New York City
Occupation Author, publicist
Nationality American
Genre Drama

Bernard Sobel (1887–1964) was an American playwright, a drama critic for the New York Daily Mirror , an author of a number of books on theatre and theatre history, and a publicist.

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Among his clients were Florenz Ziegfeld, Charles Dillingham, A. L. Erlanger, and Lee, Sam, and Jacob Shubert. [1]

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A collection of Bernard Sobel's papers from 1923-1962 is in the possession of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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He was born in Attica, Indiana [1] and died in New York City. [2]

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  1. 1 2 Bordman, Gerald Martin; Hischak, Thomas S., eds. (2004), "Bernard Sobel", The Oxford Companion to American Theatre , New York: Oxford University Press, p. 580, ISBN   978-0-19-516986-7, OCLC   53138731
  2. "Necrology", Wisconsin alumnus, Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Alumni Association, 65 (8): 31, May 1964, OCLC   6525962