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Richard Gilman, American drama educator, author. Recipient George Jean Nathan award for drama criticism, 1971; Morton Dauwen Zabel award American Academy and Institute Arts and Letters, 1979; fellow New York Institute for Humanities., 1977-1980. Served with United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1943-1946.


Gilman, Richard was born on April 30, 1925 in New York City. Son of Jacob and Marion (Wolinsky) Gilman.


Bachelor of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1947;Doctor of Humane Letters, Grinnell College, 1967.


Free-lance writer, 1950-1954. Associate editor Jubilee magazine, 1954-1957. Drama critic, literature editor Commonweal, 1961-1964.

Associate editor, drama critic Newsweek magazine, 1964-1967. Literature editor New Republic, 1968-1970. Professor drama Yale University, 1967—1978, 1979—1998.

Visiting lecturer English, Columbia University, 1964-1965, visiting professor, 1980, 84. Visiting professor drama Stanford University, summer 1967, theater arts City College of New York, 1978-1979, Boston University, 1984-1985, Barnard College. McGraw Distinguished lecturer Princeton University, 1990.

President Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association American Center, 1981-1983, vice president, 1983-1986.



Served with United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1943-1946.


Married Esther Morgenstern, 1949 (divorced). 1 child, Nicholas; married Lynn Nesbit, 1966 (divorced). Children: Priscilla, Claire.

Married Yasuko Shiojiri, 1992.

Jacob Gilman

Marion (Wolinsky) Gilman

Esther Morgenstern

Lynn Nesbit

Yasuko Shiojiri

Nicholas Gilman

Priscilla Gilman

Claire Gilman