Hale, William Harlan, 1910-1974

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An early pen name of William H. Hale was Harlan Thomas.

From the description of Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1939. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155890430

William Harlan Hale: founded Yale magazine, Harkness Hoot, with Selden Rodman; published first book in 1932; associate editor of Vanity Fair, 1932; columnist on Washington Post, 1933-1934; editorial associate, Fortune, 1934-1936; worked for Office of War Information, 1941-1945, in connection with psychological warfare operations in Europe; senior editor of New Republic, 1946-1947; Lt. Col., Military Intelligence, in Europe, 1948-1949, and civilian tours of duty in same connection, 1950, 1952-1953; senior writer and editor for The Reporter, 1948-1958; managing editor of Horizon, 1958-1963; editor of Horizon Books, 1963-1968; author of numerous books and articles.

From the description of William Harlan Hale papers, 1915-1970. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702169094

William Harlan Hale: founded Yale magazine Harkness Hoot with Selden Rodman; published first book in 1932; associate editor of Vanity Fair, 1932; columnist on Washington Post, 1933-1934; editorial associate, Fortune, 1934-1936; worked for Office of War Information, 1941-1945, in connection with psychological warfare operations in Europe; senior editor of New Republic, 1946-1947; Lt. Col., Military Intelligence, in Europe, 1948-1949, and civilian tours of duty in same connection, 1950, 1952-1953; senior writer and editor for The Reporter, 1948-1958; managing editor of Horizon, 1958-1963; editor of Horizon Books, 1963-1967; author of numerous books and articles.

Born 1910, New York City, son of William Bayard and Olga Unger Hale. Educated at Riverdale Country School and schools abroad; B.A. Yale University 1931. Married Jean Laughlin Barker of Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1931; children: Katherine Laughlin, Jonathan Bayard, Elizabeth Douglas. Episcopalian. Democrat.

Pursuits have ranged over three fields: writing (history, biography, criticism, current affairs, fiction, and satire), editing (numerous magazines), and government service (recurrent).

Began as founder (with Selden Rodman) of the widely publicized Yale undergraduate magazine, the Harkness Hoot . Published first book, Challenge to Defeat: Goethe's World and Spengler's Century, in 1932. Joined Vanity Fair as associate editor in the same year, also contributing stories and sketches; columnist on Washington Post, 1933-1934; editorial associate, Fortune, 1934-1936. After contributing also to Harper's, the Atlantic Monthly, Story in its prime, etc., turned freelance to write a novel, Hannibal Hooker (1938), an adventure yarn, A Yank in the RAF (1940) before interruption by war service. Returned from the latter to write The March of Freedom (1946), a layman's history of America. Served on the New Republic 1946-1947 as senior editor and occasional contributor, leaving it on political grounds. Joined The Reporter at its inception (1948) as senior writer, and after a four-year time-out first to write Horace Greeley, a biography (1950) and then to serve in the Department of the Army and the Foreign Service abroad. Rejoined The Reporter as contributing editor, again writing essays and articles. Switched to Horizon as managing editor at its inception (1958), writing fairly frequent satirical and other pieces for it besides, while also engaged on a historical series for American Heritage that resulted in a book on prominent American movers and shakers overseas, Innocence Abroad (1958).

Continued as editor of Horizon until 1963; editor of Horizon Books 1963-1967, senior writer 1967-1968. In this period produced two further books, The Horizon Book of Ancient Greece (1965) and The Horizon Book of Eating and Drinking Through the Ages (1968). Also delivered occasional lectures and wrote documentary television scripts.

Government service: Office of War Information 1941-1945, first in charge of German language broadcasts from New York, then of various psychological warfare operations conducted from London; second to SHAEF as chief of Radio Luxembourg (September 1944) and subsequently to United States Forces European Theater as policy advisor on information control matters in Germany. In 1948-1949, tours of duty with Department of the Army as Lt. Col., Military Intelligence. In 1950, civilian tour of duty for the same in Austria, followed by appointment as Foreign Service Reserve Officer and First Secretary at Vienna, first as head of U.S. information activities in that country under quadripartite occupation, then as director of all U.S. Public Affairs there, 1952-1953.

Home: Woods End Lane, Wesport, Connecticut.

Died: July, 1974.

Based on a curriculum vitae prepared by W. H. Hale, 1961 June.

From the guide to the William Harlan Hale papers, 1915-1970, (Manuscripts and Archives)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Rodman, Selden, 1909-2002. Selden Rodman papers, 1924-1972. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Hale, William Harlan, 1910-1974. 2 ALS, [n.y.] Aug. 21 and [n.d.], 410 East 57th St., New York [City] to Muriel Rukeyser. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Donald Hall papers, 1956-1965. Houghton Library.
creatorOf William Harlan Hale papers, 1915-1970 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Crowninshield, Frank, 1872-1947. Letters, 1923-1932, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Donald Hall papers, 1956-1965. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hale, William Harlan, 1910-1974. Letter, 1930, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn MacVeagh, Franklin, 1837-1934. Franklin MacVeagh papers, 1861-1925 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers of Robert Graves: Correspondence (arranged by correspondent), c1909 to 2004 St John's College, Oxford
creatorOf Hale, William Harlan, 1910-1974. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1939. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Hale, William Harlan, 1910-1974. William Harlan Hale papers, 1915-1970. Yale University Library
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Selden Rodman papers, 1924-1972 University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Hale, William Bayard, 1869-1924. William Bayard Hale papers, 1888-1962 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Bliven, Bruce, 1889-1977. Bruce Bliven papers, 1906-1985. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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associatedWith Ascoli, Max, 1888- person
associatedWith Bliven, Bruce. person
associatedWith Bliven, Bruce. person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Graves, Robert Windham, 1858-1934 person
associatedWith Hale, William Bayard, 1869-1924. person
associatedWith Hall, Donald, 1928- person
associatedWith MacVeagh, Franklin, 1837-1934. person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Neutra, Richard Joseph, 1892-1970. person
associatedWith Rodman, Selden, 1909-2002. person
associatedWith Rukeyser, Muriel, 1913-1980, person
associatedWith Thomas, Harlan, 1910-1974. person
associatedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949. person
associatedWith Yale University corporateBody
associatedWith Yale University. Students. corporateBody
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United States
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Germany
Germany
Dachau (Germany: Concentration camp)
Dachau (Germany : Concentration camp)
Buchenwald (Germany : Concentration camp)
Buchenwald (Germany: Concentration camp)
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Prisoners of war
Prisoners of war--Germany
Propaganda, Anti-communist
World politics--1945-1989
World War, 1939-1945--Psychological aspects
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