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Lynes, Russell, 1910-1991



  • Existence: 1910 - 1991

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.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

John Sylvester Fischer papers

Call Number: MS 850
Overview: Family and general correspondence, subject files, writings, diaries and memorabilia. The general correspondence makes up nearly half the papers, documenting Fischer's professional career. As editor of Harper's Magazine (1935-1967) with time out as an editor of Harper & Brothers (1947-1953) he numbered many prominent writers among his correspondents. Notable are Bruce Catton, Norman Cousins, Ralph Ellison, Malcolm Foster, John Kenneth Galbraith, John...
Dates: 1907-1980

Russell Lynes papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 553
Overview: The Russell Lynes papers contain material documenting the career and personal life of American author and editor Russell Lynes. The collection contains writings, correspondence, photographs, and personal and family papers. Early gifts from Russell Lynes consist chiefly of writings, including drafts, setting copies, and proofs for works of the period, such as The Tastemakers (1954), A Surfeit of Honey (1957), Cadwallader (1959), The Domesticated Americans (1963), and Good Old Modern (1973)....
Dates: 1939-1991

Glenway Wescott papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 134
Overview: The Glenway Wescott Papers consist of correspondence, journals, notebooks, manuscripts, personal and financial papers, research files,photographs, graphic items, clippings, objects, and audiotapes. The material documents Wescott's life, work, and personal relationships with many noted artists, writers, and performers of the 20th century including his long-time companion, Monroe Wheeler, many of whose papers are included here.Series I, Correspondence, consists of six subseries:...
Dates: 1900-1990