Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991

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Birth 1910-12-02
Death 1991-09-14

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Writer, critic; New York, N.Y. Died 1991.

From the description of Russell Lynes interview, 1973 June 20 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 123379778

Russell Lynes (1910-1991) was writer and critic from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Russell Lynes, 1973 June 20 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 495596674

Writer, art critic, art historian; New York City and North Egremont, Mass. Died 1991.

From 1947-1967 Lynes was managing editor of Harper's Magazine. Author of many books and articles on art, and has served on numerous boards and organizations. Brother of photographer George Platt Lynes.

From the description of Russell Lynes papers, 1935-1986. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122333428

Russell Lynes, born Joseph Russell Lynes, Jr. on 2 December 1910 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, was an American art historian, photographer, author and managing editor of Harper's magazine. Lynes may be best remembered for his satirical commentary on American tastes and mores. In early works such as Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow (1949), Snobs (1950), and The Tastemakers (1954), Lynes mocked what he considered to be Americans' questionable preferences in art and architecture. Other works include Guests (1951), The Domesticated Americans (1963), and The Art-Makers of Nineteenth Century America (1970). Lynes died on 14 September 1991 in New York City.

Biographical information taken from "(Joseph) Russell (Jr.) Lynes." Contemporary Authors Online . Detroit: Gale, 2000. Gale Biography In Context . Web. 29 Feb. 2012.

From the guide to the Russell Lynes papers, 1939-1991, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)


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