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Timothy Gilson Foote Edit Profile

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Timothy Gilson Foote, British-born American editor and writer. Recipient Bowdoin prize in literature, 1949. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Member Signet Society, Phi Beta Kappa.


Foote, Timothy Gilson was born on May 3, 1926 in London. Son of John Taintor and Jessica Florence (Todhunter) Foote.


AB magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1949; A.M., Harvard University, 1952.


Reporter-writer Life magazine, 1949-1951, assistant editor, 1953-1954, associate, senior editor, 1958-1962. Teacher Thomas Jefferson School, 1952-1953. Foreign correspondent Time-Life, Paris, 1954-1958.

Book reviewer Time magazine, New York City, 1962-1964, associate editor, 1968, senior editor, reviewer, 1969-1982. Board editors Smithsonian magazine, since 1982. European editor International Book Society, Paris, 1964-1966.

Fiction judge National Book Awards, 1974, 94. Visiting lecturer English composition Yale University, 1975-1976, Stanford University, 1989. Executive board National Book Critics Circle, 1976-1983, 85-91.

Member advisory board Sea History magazine, since 1977. Member selection committee National Medal for Literature, 1980. Time fellow Duke University, 1980.


  • book of short stories

  • Children's Fiction

  • Non-fiction book

    • The World of Bruegel: 1525-1569

      (Hardcover, 192 pages Published June 1st 1968 by Little B...)

  • Other Work

    • Author: The World of Peter Bruegel, 1968, The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper, 1980. Editor: A Wedding Gift and Other Stories (John Taintor Foote), 1992, Dumb-Bell of Brookfield, Pocono Shot and Other Great Dog Stories (John Taintor Foote), 1993. Contributor reviews and articles to magazines.


Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Member Signet Society, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Audrey Chamberlain, June 18, 1948. Children: Colin Chamberlain, Victoria Ravenhill, Valerie Sophia, Andrew Todhunter.

John Taintor Foote

Jessica Florence (Todhunter) Foote

Audrey Chamberlain

Colin Chamberlain Foote

Victoria Ravenhill Foote

Valerie Sophia Foote

Andrew Todhunter Foote