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lecturer , writer , Publishing company executive

James Laughlin, American publishing company executive, writer, lecturer.


Laughlin, James was born on October 30, 1914 in Pittsburgh. Son of Henry Hughart and Marjory (Rea) Laughlin.


AB, Harvard University, 1939. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Hamilton College, 1969. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Colgate University, 1978.

Doctor of Humanities (honorary), Duquesne University, 1980. Doctor of Humane Letters, Yale University, 1982. Doctor of Humane Letters, Brown University, 1984.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Bellarmine College, 1987. Doctor of Humane Letters, St. Joseph's College, Hartford, 1993.


Founder, New Directions (now New Directions Public Corporation), New York City, 1936;president, New Directions (now New Directions Public Corporation), 1964-1997;president, Intercultural Publs., Incpublic, Perspectives, United States of America and Perspectives supplements The Atlantic Monthly Journal. Consultant Indian Southern Langs. Book Trust, Madras, 1955.

Visiting Regents professor University of California, San Diego, 1974. Ida Bean visiting professor U. Iowa, 1981. Chairman creative writing panel Institute International Education Conference on Arts Exchange, 1956-1997.

Adjunct Professor of English, Brown U., 1983, 85.



Board of directors Goethe Bi-Centennial Foundation, 1949, Aspen (Colorado) Institute Humanities, 1950. Member National Citizens Common for International Cooperation, United States National Common for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1960-1963, National Common for International Cooperative year, 1966. Past trustee Allen-Chase Foundation.

Member visiting committee German Princeton University. Member visiting committee department Romance languages Harvard University. Co-trusteeMerton Legacy Trust, 1969-1997.

Trustee Rosenbach Foundation, Philadelphia, to 1981. Member American Academy of Arts and Letters (elected), American Academy Arts and Sciences, Alta Ski Lifts Company (formerly Salt Lake City Winter Sports Association. Director 1939-1997, vice president 1958), Alta Lodge Company (vice president 1948-1958, president 1958-1959), Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Asia Society (chairman publications committee 1959-1967), Century Association (New York City), Harvard Club of New York City M C.


Married Margaret Keyser, March 13, 1942 (divorced 1952). Children: Paul, Leila. Married Ann Clark Resor, May 19, 1956 (deceased November 1987).

Children; Robert (deceased), Henry. Married Gertrude Huston, December 5, 1991.

Henry Hughart Laughlin

Marjory (Rea) Laughlin

Margaret Keyser

Ann Clark Resor

Gertrude Huston

Paul Laughlin

Leila Laughlin