Stories and articles from Vanity Fair (US)

Editor’s Note: This project has been some time in the making. First of all, thanks go to Terry Mordue and Charles Stone-Tolcher, for sending PDF copies of the scans that they had, for transcription. Charles, along with Parthasarathy Uppilisrinivasan, also helped in transcribing several of the stories. Thanks also go to Raja Srinivasan, who had already put out many of the articles on the previous MadamEulalie site, and who had also put out many more as text files on the old Freeservers site; and last but not least, to Ian Michaud, for patiently proofreading each and every article or story. He also supplied the originals for the last few articles that we did not have. Many of the dramatic criticism articles have photos of actors/actresses in the original magazine version, but in most cases the scans have rendered the pictures so bad that it is pointless to include them (mere black smudges is all). Hopefully someday better scans will be forthcoming. [2012]

 Better scans are now available, and a second round of proofing and updating has been done, including a few ✎ annotations and four items new to this site marked ☆. [2014–15]

 

The Physical Culture Peril — May 1914

The Literature of the Future — June 1914

✎ The Knuts o’ London — September 1914

☆ Wodehouse’s salute to the magazine on its first anniversary [image] — September 1914

The English Country House — October 1914

The Noble Art of Falconry — October 1914

Stirring Scenes in War Stricken London — November 1914

The Pleasures of Duelling in Germany — December 1914

Thoughts on Home Life — December 1914

Commuting at the Theatre (drama criticism) — January 1915

✎ The Charms of Country Life — January 1915

Entertaining for the Young — February 1915

The Country Servant Problem — February 1915

Boy! Page Mr. Comstock! (drama criticism) — March 1915

Scooterin’: Half Sailing, Half Ice-Boating — March 1915

Take Your Choice of Musical Comedies (drama criticism) — April 1915

All About the Pastime of Divorce — May 1915

Aubrey’s Arrested Individuality (story) — May 1915

Bad Times for Theatregoers (drama criticism) — May 1915

Home Life in the War Zone (drama criticism) — May 1915

✎ The Disappearance of Podmarsh (story) — June 1915

The Secret Pleasures of Reginald (story) — June 1915

What Really Happened to Hamlet — June 1915

Some Thoughts on Mr. Oppenheim — July 1915

The Military Invasion of America - Part 1 (story) — July 1915

The Military Invasion of America - Part 2 (story) — August 1915

✎ Cabarabian Nights — August 1915

The Eighteenth Hole (story) — August 1915

The Expulsion from Eden — August 1915

The So-Called Pleasures of Coney Island — August 1915

✎ Summer Stuff (drama criticism) — September 1915

✎ A School for Movie Villains (film criticism) — October 1915

“Perfectly Furious” (story) — October 1915

The Europe Weekly Gazette — October 1915

The First Batch of Autumn Productions (drama criticism) — October 1915

✎ A Visit to the R. W. Chambers Fiction Plant — November 1915

✎ The Drama, and Trouble in the Home (drama criticism) — November 1915

The Habit of Picking on New York — November 1915

The Scourge of the Golf Child — November 1915

✎ Christmas Presents — December 1915

✎ My Battle with Drink — December 1915

✎ Some Women and a Little Music (drama criticism) — December 1915

✎ That Viennese Stuff (drama criticism) — December 1915

All About Fashionable Weddings — January 1916

✎ Cruelty to Millionaires (opera criticism) — January 1916

In Defense of Astigmatism — January 1916

Shattering the Conventions (drama criticism) — January 1916

The “Great White Way” Fraud — January 1916

All About Butlers — February 1916

Some Theatrical Mysteries (drama criticism) — February 1916

The New Disease—Dementia Warstocks (story) — February 1916

A Review of Revues (drama criticism) — March 1916

On Being Photographed — March 1916

Recent Stage Marriages (drama criticism) — March 1916

The Making of Musical Comedies — March 1916

All About Shakespeare — April 1916

The Leisurely Drama (drama criticism) — April 1916

The New Musical Shows (drama criticism) — April 1916

Watchman, What of the Night? — April 1916

Another Proposed Union (drama criticism) — May 1916

Diary of a War-Time Honeymoon (story) — May 1916

How to Break into Society (dramatic dialogue) — May 1916

The Coming of Spring — May 1916

Tough Times for Critics (drama criticism) — May 1916

A New Figure in Musical Comedy (drama criticism) — June 1916

A Timely Chat about Gardens — June 1916

Drama, Melodrama and Tragedy (drama criticism) — June 1916

The Alarming Spread of Poetry — June 1916

The New Game of Mental Golf (anonymous review of Uneasy Money, with quotations and photograph) — June 1916

A Priceless Boon for Authors (story) — July 1916

The Passing of the Dramatic Fixer (drama criticism) — July 1916

Where to Spend the Summer — July 1916

Concerning the Virtues and Vices of Artists — August 1916

The Somber Sadness of Our Summer Shows (drama criticism) — August 1916

The Three-in-One Presidential Candidate — August 1916

A Little Chat About a Favorite Summer Sport — September 1916

✎ All About Me — September 1916

The Proposed Authors’ Union — September 1916

A Great Coming Tennis Match — October 1916

The Summer Drama (drama criticism) — October 1916

✎ Gladness Under Difficulties (drama criticism) — November 1916

On Reducing the Embonpoint — December 1916

Our Slack and Slothful Playwrights (drama criticism) — December 1916

Three New Musical Comedies (drama criticism) — December 1916

A Visit to Mr. Hearst’s Health Farm — January 1917

All About New Year’s Day — January 1917

✎ The New Plays of the Old Year (drama criticism) — January 1917

✎ Two Spectacular Musical Reviews (drama criticism) — January 1917

An Appreciation of Vaudeville — February 1917

Probably the Beginning of an Epidemic (drama criticism) — February 1917

The Agonies of Writing a Musical Comedy (drama criticism) — March 1917

The Marvels and the Mysteries of the Telephone — April 1917

The Past Theatrical Season (drama criticism) — May 1917

On Certain Phases of the Drama (drama criticism) — June 1917

On the Writing of Lyrics (drama criticism) — June 1917

The New Plays (1917) (drama criticism) — July 1917

The Good Old Summertime (drama criticism) — August 1917

The Coming Theatrical Season (drama criticism) — September 1917

A Cloud-burst on the Rialto (drama criticism) — October 1917

Dishing Up Fiction in Play Form (drama criticism) — November 1917

Fred Stone and a Few Others (drama criticism) — December 1917

Writing the Show at the Century (drama criticism) — December 1917

The Poor Old Drama (drama criticism) — January 1918

The Theatrical Slump (drama criticism) — February 1918

The Trials of a Hard Winter (drama criticism) — February 1918

The Barrymores, and Others (drama criticism) — April 1918

☆ A Succession of Musical Comedies (review by Dorothy Parker of Oh, Lady! Lady!!) — April 1918

The New Plays (1918) (drama criticism) — May 1918

A Plea for Indoor Golf — May 1919

All About the Income-Tax — May 1919

The Super-Novelists — June 1919

The Pleasures of Saturday Golf — July 1919

Prohibition and the Drama (drama criticism) — August 1919

Golf: The Last Phase — September 1919

☆ For One Night Only (verse) — October 1919

☆ Prolific Playwrights [PDF page image with photos of Wodehouse and Bolton] — October 1919

Keeping Up With Terpsichore — October 1919

Reviewing a Theatre Audience (drama criticism) — November 1919

The Nation’s Songs — December 1919

Hansford Wilson: Master of Comedy (drama criticism) — April 1920

The New Plays—Along Broadway (drama criticism) — April 1920

The New Plays (1920) (drama criticism) — May 1920

Who Is William Shakespeare? (drama criticism) — May 1920

The Season-End Productions (drama criticism) — June 1920

The Theatrical Year (drama criticism) — June 1920

Drawbacks of the Drama in England (drama criticism) — December 1922