King, Alexander, 1900-1965

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Birth 1900
Death 1965

Biographical notes:

Author, illustrator, and storyteller; b. Alexander Koenig (or Konig) in Vienna, Austria; immigrated to New York, N.Y., ca. 1913.

From the description of Papers, 1953-1987 (bulk 1958-1965). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 28424340

Author, illustrator, and storyteller. Born Alexander Koenig (or Konig), Vienna, Austria; immigrated to New York, N.Y., ca. 1913.

From the description of Papers of Alexander King, 1953-1987 (bulk 1958-1965). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71072036

Biographical Note

  • 1900: Born Alexander Koenig (or Konig), Vienna, Austria
  • circa 1913: Immigrated with parents to New York, N.Y.
  • 1917: Illustrator, New York Sunday World magazine section Married Nettie [?] (divorced 19[?])
  • 1928: Illustrated:C. J. Bulliet's Venus Castina: Impersonators, Celestial and Human. New York: Covici, FriedeJoseph Moncure March's The Set Up. New York: Covici, FriedeEugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones. New York: Boni & LiverightFrançois Villon's The Complete Works of François Villon. New York: Covici, Friede Published:The Gospel of the Goat, 30 lithographs. n.p.An Interpretation, a Credo and Ten Drawings. n.p.
  • 1929: Illustrated:Claude Farrère's Black Opium. New York: N. L. BrownEugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape. New York: Horace LiverightFrançois Rabelais's All the Extant Works of François Rabelais. New York: Covici, FriedeWilliam B. Seabrook's The Magic Island. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co.Tobias George Smollett's The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle. New York: John Day Co.Jonathan Swift's The Travels of Lemuel Gulliver. New York: Limited Editions Club
  • 1930: Illustrated:Gustave Flaubert's Salammbô; a Story of Ancient Carthage. New York: Modern LibraryAnatole France's At the Sign of the Queen Pédanque. New York: Illustrated Editions Co.Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie. New York: Horace LiverightOvid's The Love Books of Ovid. Paterson, N.J.: Alexander Hamilton PressHickman Powell's The Last Paradise. New York: Cape and Smith
  • 1931: Illustrated:Giovanni Boccaccio's Most Pleasant and Delectable Questions of Love. New York: Illustrated Editions Co.Daniel Defoe's The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders. New York: Hogarth PressHendrik De Leeuw's Crossroads of the Java Sea. New York: J. Cape & H. SmithHenry Fielding's Tom Jones--The History of a Foundling. New York: Limited Editions ClubCharles Fort's Lo. n.p. Art consultant, Linweave Paper Association's limited edition broadside collection (King did most of the illustrations under various pseudonyms).
  • 1932: Illustrated:Petronius Arbiter's The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter in the Translation Attributed to Oscar Wilde. New York: Hogarth PressCharles Dickens's The Bloomsbury Christening. West Springfield, Mass.: J. H. Bordeaux Co.
  • 1932 - 1933 : Editor-in-chief, Americana magazine
  • 1933: Illustrated Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. 3 vols. New York: Limited Editions Club
  • circa 1933 - 1936 : Married Annis Grover (divorced 19[?]) Assistant to Frank Crowninshield, Vanity Fair magazine
  • 1934: Published Peace is Hell, 10 lithographs. n.p.
  • 1937 - 1940 : Associate editor, Life magazine
  • 1938: Investigated for Life magazine the massacre of Haitians by Dominican army
  • 1939: Collaborated with Clare Boothe Luce on her play Margin For Error: A Satirical Melodrama. New York: Random House
  • 1940 - 1941 : Managing editor, Stage magazine
  • 1941: Collaborated with Chester Erskin on the play Portrait of a Lady
  • circa 1942: Married Marjorie Belle, later known as Marge Champion (divorced 19[?])
  • 1945: Became addicted to morphine while being treated for a kidney ailment
  • 1951: Arrested on drug charges and sentenced to the federal narcotics hospital in Lexington, Ky.
  • 1953: Married Margie Lou Swett, singer and actress
  • 1954: Arrested and returned to Lexington, Ky., for violation of probation and drug abuse treatment
  • 1957: Exhibited thirteen paintings at the Chase Gallery, New York, N.Y.
  • 1958: Published Mine Enemy Grows Older. New York: Simon and Schuster Published Alex in Wonderland; Six Paintings with Commentary. New York: Shorewood Press Recorded phonograph album "Alexander King Reads from His Bestseller and Other Stories"
  • 1959, Jan. 2: First guest appearance on Jack Paar's television show
  • 1959: Featured with his wife, Margie, in his own television show "Alex in Wonderland" (New York City's Channel 13)
  • 1960: Translated and illustrated Alexander King Presents Peter Altenberg's Evocations of Love. New York: Simon and Schuster Published May This House Be Safe from Tigers. New York: Simon and Schuster Recorded two phonograph albums: "Love and Hisses" and "Comedy Concert" (excerpts from "Love and Hisses")
  • 1961: Published I Should Have Kissed Her More. New York: Simon and Schuster
  • 1962: Published The Great Ker-plunk. New York: Simon and Schuster (a children's story illustrated by his son, Robin; first published as a short story in 1961 by McCall's magazine)
  • 1963: Published Is There a Life After Birth? New York: Simon and Schuster
  • 1964: Published Rosa Krawatten: Das Seltsome und Abenteuerliche Leben des Alexander. Wien: P. Zsolnay (German translation of exerpts from Mine Enemy Grows Older)
  • 1965: Published Rich Man, Poor Man, Freud and Fruit--Advice to Amorous Ladies. New York: Simon and Schuster Published posthumously Memoirs of a Certain Mouse. New York: McGraw-Hill
  • 1965, Nov. 16: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Alexander King Papers, 1953-1987, (bulk 1953-1987), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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