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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Chamberlain, John 1903-1995

John Chamberlain (1903–1995) was an American journalist, the author of books on capitalism, and dubbed "one of America’s most trusted book reviewers." A search of the internet provides numerous articles by Chamberlain.

Essentially a book reviewer, John (Renesselaer) Chamberlain is a product of both New Haven, Connecticut, and its best know enterprise -- Yale University. He also married a New Haven girl. Born October 28, 1903, he received his degree in 1925. After beginning his hournalistic career as an advertising writer, he soon switched to the eidtorial side and joined the staff of the New York Times in 1926 as a reporter. In 1928 he became assistant editor of the Times Sunday book Review and from 1933 to 1936 he conducted a daily book column for this paper. He was also associate editor of the Saturday Review of Literature in 1933. He served as an editor of Fortune magazine in 1936, and from 1936 to 1938 was book editor of Scribner's magazine. He succeeded Harry Hansen in a similar position on Harper's magazine in 1939. Mr. Chamberlain has combined teaching, lecturing, and authoriship with his newspaper and magazine work. He has lectured at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University; the New School for Social Research; and the Columbia Summer School. He has also been an associate fellow of Timothy Dwight College, Yale University. Author of Farewell to Reform, he has contributed to The Critique of Humanism, Challenge to the New Deal, After the Genteel Tradition, and Books That Have Changed Our Minds.
(From "Post Biographies of Famous Journalist" by John E. Drewry)

The New York Times obituary for John Chamberlain:

April 13, 1995
John Chamberlain, Columnist, Dies at 91
John R. Chamberlain, a syndicated columnist, book critic and author whose journalism career spanned more than six decades, died on Sunday at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 91 and a longtime resident of Cheshire, Conn.
Mr. Chamberlain had been associated with a number of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Barron's and Life magazine. He produced eight books, including a collection of his writings, "The Turnabout Years," published in 1992.
For 25 years, until 1985, he wrote a syndicated newspaper column for King Features that addressed political, economic and social issues.
After graduating from Yale University in 1925, he went to work at The Times, where he held a number of editing and writing positions, including daily book reviewer.
He was an editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal for 10 years, ending in 1960.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ernestine Stodelle Chamberlain of Cheshire; two daughters, Elizabeth Huss of North Fayston, Vt., and Margaret Davis of Saunderstown, R.I.; a son, John R. Jr., of Belmont, Mass.; a stepdaughter, Tanya Metaksa of Springfield, Va.; two stepsons, Chris Komisarjevsky of Atlantic Beach, L.I., and Ben Komisarjevsky of Cheshire, Conn.; a brother, Robert Chamberlain of Woodbridge, Conn., 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
His first wife, Margaret Sterling Chamberlain, died in 1955.


Farewell to Reform (1932)
The Roots of Capitalism (1959)
The Enterprising Americans: a Business History of the United States' (Harper & Row, 1963)
The National Review Reader
A Life With the Printed Word (Regnery, 1982)
The Turnabout Years (Jameson, 1991)

Downloadable Book

Enterprising Americans A Business History of the United States - Business History - 1991

"Fadiman for the Millions" By John Chamberlain from Post Biographies of Famous Journalists by John E. Drewry.

Archive for John Chamberlain at The Freeman Online

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