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Alexander Eliot

Alexander Eliot, American writer. Guggenheim fellow, 1960; Japan Foundation senior fellow, 1975. Member Century Association, Dutch Treat Club (New York City).


  • Eliot, Alexander was born on April 28, 1919 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Samuel Atkins, Junior and Ethel (Cook) Eliot.

  • Education

    • Student, Black Mountain College, 1938. Student, Boston Museum School, 1939.


    • Director Pinkney St. Artists Alliance, Boston, 1940-1941. Assistant to producer March of Time newsreel, 1941-1942. Assistant director films Office of War Information, 1942-1943.

      Editor films Office of Coordinator Inter-American Affairs, 1943-1945. Art editor Time magazine, 1945-1960. Professor emeritus program Hampshire College, 1977.


    • Sight and Insight
    • Alexander Eliot, distinguished critic and art historian, breaks through to the silent world of masterpieces and makes them live anew in the eye of the imagination.
    • Global AIDS: Myths & Facts
    • AIDS is the most devastating communicable disease in history, and structures of poverty and injustice are magnifying the crisis in underresourced countries.


    Member Century Association, Dutch Treat Club (New York City).


    • Married Jane Winslow Knapp, May 3, 1952. Children: May Rose, Jefferson, Winslow.
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    • 1938
      Black Mountain College
    • 1939
      Boston Museum School
    • 1940 - 1941
      Director, Pinkney St. Artists Alliance
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1941 - 1942
      assistant, to producer March of Time newsreel
    • 1942 - 1943
      assistant, director films Office of War Information
    • 1943 - 1945
      editor films Office of Coordinator, Inter-American Affairs
    • 1945 - 1960
      art editor Time magazine