COHEN, ALFRED J. (better known under the nom de plume of Alan Dale):

American dramatic critic; born May 14, 1861, at Birmingham, England, where he attended King Edward's School. Then followed three years' study of dramatic art in Paris, after which (1887) Dale went to New York and began his journalistic career on the "Evening World." The independence, brightness, and acerbity of his criticisms soon attracted attention, and made him the most feared dramatic critic in the American metropolis. In 1895 he joined the "Journal," and increased the scope of his work by a broader and more liberal view of things theatrical—a change brought about by experience.

Dale is the author of several novels: "Jonathan's Home," London, 1885; "A Marriage Below Zero," New York. 1889; "An Eerie He and She," ib. 1889; "An Old Maid Kindled," ib. 1890; "Miss Innocence," ib. 1891; "Conscience on Ice," Chicago, 1892; "My Footlight Husband," New York, 1893; "A Moral Busybody," ib. 1894; "His Own Image," ib. 1899; and "A Girl Who Wrote," ib. 1902. He also wrote "Familiar Chats with Queens of the Stage," ib. 1890.

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