Chamberlain, John, 1903-1995.

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Book reviewer, editor, and author of THE ROOTS OF CAPITALISM, published in 1959.

From the description of John Chamberlain papers, 1954-1959. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 700475180

Journalist, literary critic, author; editor of Fortune magazine, 1936-1941, and associate professor at Columbia University School of Journalism.

From the description of Letter to Herbert [Sherman Gorman] [manuscript], n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647977898

From the description of Letter to Herbert [Sherman Gorman], n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 54994535

American journalist.

From the description of John Chamberlain papers, 1943-1990. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754872258

John Chamberlain was a syndicated columnist and was in contact with many public personalities including former president Richard Nixon.

From the guide to the John Chamberlain Papers, 1957-1967, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

American journalist and literary critic John R. Chamberlain (1903-1995) graduated from Yale University in 1925, and the following year began his career in the news industry working for the New York Times . He later held positions as reporter, editor, columnist, and book reviewer for several other newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Life . Additionally, he authored a syndicated column for King Features for twenty-five years. Prior to the 1940s, Chamberlain was known as a liberal until switching his political beliefs over to conservatism, as did many other writers and thinkers of the time.

After the death of his first wife Margaret Sterling in the mid 1950s, he married Ernestine Stodelle, formerly married to Russian theatrical producer Theodore Komisarjevsky. Chamberlain had two daughters, one son, a stepdaughter, and two stepsons.

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“John Chamberlain, Columnist, Dies at 91.” New York Times. April 13, 1995. Accessed November 23, 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/1995/04/13/obituaries/john-chamberlain-columnist-dies-at-91.html.

“John Chamberlain (Journalist).” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Accessed November 23, 2011. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Chamberlain_%28journalist%29.

From the guide to the Chamberlain, John, Archive AR 2011-360., 1923-1991, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

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American journalist.

From the guide to the John Chamberlain papers, 1943-1990, (Hoover Institution Archives)

John Chamberlain (1903-1995) was a significant figure in the American intellectual conservative movement that flourished beginning in the early 1940s. Following graduation from Yale in 1925, he embarked on a distinguished career in journalism and wrote several books, of which The Roots of Capitalism is considered his most important. Two others for which he is remembered are Farewell to Reform (1932) and The Enterprising Americans: A Business History of the United States (1963). Chamberlain also wrote the foreward to the American edition of Hayek's Road to Serfdom (1944), and was a contributing editor for the National Review .

  • 1925: Graduated from Yale University
  • 1926 - 1930s : Book reviewer and editor, New York Times
  • 1932: Author, Farewell to Reform (republished 1958)
  • 1936 - 1941 : Editorial staff, Fortune
  • 1940: Author, American Stakes
  • 1941 - 1950 : Editorial staff, Life
  • 1944: Wrote the foreward for F.A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom
  • 1950 - 1956 : Editor, The Freeman periodical
  • 1950 - 1960 : Editorial writer, The Wall Street Journal
  • 1955: First wife, Margaret Sterling Chamberlain, died
  • 1956: Married second wife, Ernestine Stodelle Chamberlain
  • 1959: Author, The Roots of Capitalism
  • 1963: Author, The Enterprising Americans: A Business History of the United States (republished 1991)
  • 1982: Author of his autobiography, A Life With the Printed Word
  • 1995 April 9: Died

From the guide to the John Chamberlain Papers, 1954-1959, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

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creatorOf Powers, Robert Bruna. Papers concerning forged Lafcadio Hearn letters published in Letters to a pagan [manuscript] 1930-1935, 1980-1985. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (bulk 1929-1957) Yale University Library
creatorOf Chamberlain, John, 1903-1995. John Chamberlain papers, 1954-1959. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (bulk 1929-1957) Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf John Chamberlain Papers, 1954-1959 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf John Chamberlain papers, 1943-1990 Hoover Institution Archives
creatorOf John Chamberlain Papers, 1957-1967 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Chamberlain, John, Archive AR 2011-360., 1923-1991 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
creatorOf Chamberlain, John, 1903-1995. Papers. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Albert Galloway Keller papers, 1888-1956 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Chamberlain, John, 1903-1995. Letter to Herbert [Sherman Gorman] [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972 (inclusive), 1929-1957 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Keller, Albert Galloway, 1874-1956. Albert Galloway Keller papers, 1888-1956 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Chamberlain, John, 1903-1995. Letter to Herbert [Sherman Gorman], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Chamberlain, John, 1903-1995. John Chamberlain papers, 1943-1990. Stanford University, Hoover Institution Library
referencedIn Paterson, Isabel. Isabel Paterson papers, 1908-1998 (bulk 1927-1960). Herbert Hoover Library
creatorOf Grove Press, Inc. Press releases, 1959, re D. H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Chamberlain, John, 1903-1995. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1934. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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Capitalism--History and criticism
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Economics--History and criticism
Free enterprise
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Birth 1903-10-28

Death 1995-04-13

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