Gayn, Mark

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Mark Gayn was born Mark Julius Ginsbourg in 1909 at Barim on the Manchurian-Mongolian border. He moved frequently throughout his childhood. He moved to the U.S to study at Pomona College in California in 1929. Upon graduating, he went to Columbia University to study journalism. He graduated in 1934 and went to Shanghai to work as a special correspondent for the Washington Post. During the Second World War - also the period when he changed his name to Gayn - he worked for a variety of publications, including Time and Newsweek. He emigrated to Canada in 1953, eventually joining the staff of the Toronto Daily Star. During his 22 years at the Star, he made frequent trips to the Soviet Union and China, eventually becoming the Asian bureau chief in 1966. He died in Toronto in 1981.

From the description of Mark Gayn Papers. 1930-1980. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 225722896

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creatorOf Gayn, Mark. Mark Gayn Papers. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
referencedIn Jaffe, Philip J. (Philip Jacob), 1895-1980. Philip J. Jaffe papers, 1920-1980. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Jaffe, Philip J. (Philip Jacob), 1895-1980. Papers, 1920-1980. Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library
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Birth 1909

Death 1981



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