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Adams, James Donald, 1891-1968



James Donald Adams was born on September 24, 1891 in New York City. He graduated from Harvard University in 1913 where he was an editor of "The Harvard Monthly." After college, Adams worked in the West as a rodman for the United States Geological Survey. He began his first newspaper job in Bedford, Massachusetts in 1915 but by 1920 he was back in New York working for "The Sun" and "The Herald." Adam joined the "New York Times" in 1924 as an assistant editor of the "The Book Review," becoming editor the following year. He held that position until 1943, after which he became contributing editor writing the column "Speaking of Books" until 1964. Some of his other publications include "The Shape of Books To Come," "Literary Frontier," and "The Magic and Mystery of Words." Adams died on August 24, 1968.

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James Donald Adams collection on 'Speaking of Books' column

Identifier: MS-1401
Date(s): 1959-04-10 to 1959-05-04

James Donald Adams (1891-1968), journalist, critic and editor. The collection contains letters to Adams in response to his column "Speaking of Books" referencing Lionel Trilling's remarks at a dinner honoring poet Robert Frost.

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