Lewis Mumford, 1895 - 1990

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Born: 19 October 1895, Flushing, Queens, New York
Died: 26 January 1990, Amenia, New York

Mumford was raised at Flushing, Queens, New York and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1912. He studied at City College of New York and The New School for Social Research but left without a degree due to tuberculosis. He joined the US Navy in 1918, serving as a radio electrician, and was discharged next year. He was editor of The Dial, a literary journal until he became the architecture critic for The New Yorker in 1931, a post he held until 1963. In addition to commenting on new buildings he wrote extensively about how the city worked, the relationships between people, buildings, and machines. He saw word and symbol as being the most important element of humanity, and wrote with insight on the development of cities and their effects on people and community. He continued to write after leaving The New Yorker, including the two volume The Myth of the Machine, a collection of essays, a memoir, and his autobiography. He died at home at age 94.

Biography from Wikipedia and the Dictionary of Art Historians

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