Gilman, Lawrence.

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Birth 1878-07-05
Death 1939-09-08

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American music critic.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : New York, 1 December 1934, to Mr. [Harry Harkness] Flagler, 1934 Dec. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270577872

From the description of Autograph letters signed (3) : Geneva, New York, etc., to F.A. Duneka, 1909 Dec. 25-1910 May 26 and undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269589421

Lawrence Gilman, American author and music critic, was born on July 5, 1878 in Flushing, New York to Arthur Coit Gilman and Bessie Lawrence Gilman. His great uncle was the educator Daniel Coit Gilman. He studied at Collins Street Classical School in Hartford, CT, where he exhibited great talent for music theory and proficiency with several instruments. He worked for the New York Herald from 1896 to 1898 and as a music critic for Harper's Weekly, where he advanced to the position of managing editor, which he held from 1901 to 1913. Gilman worked as a general arts critic for the North American Review from 1915 to 1923, and for the Herald Tribune from 1925. On August 1, 1904, he married Elizabeth Wright Walter, with whom he had one child, Elizabeth "Betty" Lawrence Gilman in 1905. Gilman died on September 8, 1939 in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire.

From the guide to the Lawrence Gilman papers, 1886-1971, 1913-1939, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Music critic, writer, editor.

From the description of Lawrence Gilman letter to [John O'Hara] Cosgrave [manuscript], undated. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 648019775

Lawrence Gilman was a self-taught and successful arts writer, working as a music critic for Harper's Weekly (1901-1913), music, drama, and literary critic for the North American Review (1915-1923), and music critic of the New York Herald Tribune from 1923 until his death in 1939. His writings were compiled in 1904 in a volume called "Phases of modern music".

From the description of An appreciation of composer Charles Griffes. 1936. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122456317

Music critic (1878-1939).

Wrote for the New York Tribune (later the New York Herald Tribune) from 1923 until his death.

From the description of Music articles from the New York Herald Tribune, 1934-1939. (The Juilliard School). WorldCat record id: 37046147


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