Bernard Sobel

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Bernard Sobel
Attica, Indiana
Died1964 (aged 76–77)
New York City
OccupationAuthor, publicist

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.


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

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.

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

Select works[edit]


  • Jennie Knows (1913)
  • Mrs. Bompton's Dinner Party (1913)
  • There's Always A Reason (1913)


  • Sobel, Bernard (1929), "The Language Of The Theatre", The Bookman: A Review of Books and Life, New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 69, OCLC 228771241


  • Sobel, Bernard (1931), Burleycue; An Underground History of Burlesque Days, New York: Farrar & Rinehart, OCLC 1808911
  • Sobel, Bernard (1933), The Indiscret Girl, New York: Grosset & Dunlap, OCLC 24040918
  • Sobel, Bernard (1940), The Theatre Handbook and Digest of Plays, New York: Crown Publishers, OCLC 9596386
  • Sobel, Bernard (1953), Broadway Heartbeat: Memoirs of a Press Agent, New York: Hermitage House, OCLC 1514676
  • Sobel, Bernard (1956), A Pictorial History of Burlesque, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, OCLC 265486
  • Sobel, Bernard (1961), A Pictorial History of Vaudeville, New York: Citadel Press, OCLC 300831
  • Sobel, Bernard (1959), The New Theatre Handbook and Digest of Plays, New York: Crown Publishers, OCLC 297270487


  1. ^ a b 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

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