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John Mason Brown (3 July 1900 – 16 March 1969) was an American drama critic and author.[1]

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he graduated from Harvard College in 1923. He worked for the New York Evening Post from 1929 to 1941. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy during World War II, beginning in 1942. His book, To All Hands, documents his activities aboard the USS Ancon (AGC-4) during Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. Upon his return, his "Seeing Things" column appeared in The Saturday Review starting in 1944 until his death in New York City.

Brown resigned from the Pulitzer Prize drama jury in 1963 when the advisory board refused his recommendation of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.


  1. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (March 17, 1969). John Mason Brown, Critic, Dead. New York Times

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