WILDER HOBSON (1906–1964) was an American writer and editor for Time (1930s-1940s), Fortune (1940s), Harper\'s Bazaar (1950s), and Newsweek (1960s) magazines. He was also a competent musician (trombone ), author of an history of American jazz, and long-time contributor to Saturday Review (1940s, 1950s, 1960s) magazine. Also, he served on the planning committee of the Institute of Jazz Studies .
* 1 Life
* 1.1 Early Years * 1.2 Magazines * 1.3 Later and Life of Verna Hobson * 1.4 Music
* 2 Publications
* 2.1 Books * 2.2 Articles * 2.3 Photos
* 3 Notes * 4 Sources * 5 External links
Famed American documentary photographer
Walker Evans captured Hobson
and Agee on a Long Island beach during the summer of 1937, when Evans
and Agee were visiting Hobson and his first wife Peggy. (The
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hobson wrote for Time in the 1930s and 1940s. After covering a coal
strike during the 1930s, he helped lead unionization at Time and
became the first head of Time's
In October 1942, Hobson succeeded the late
When Chambers received a promotion to senior editor in September 1943 and then joined Time's senior editorial group in December 1932, Hobson succeeded to the Arts & Entertainment section. He hired friend Walker Evans to write reviews first on Film and then on Art (1943–1945).
In 1946, Hobson moved to editorial board of Fortune, where he worked until severe writer's block caused him to resign.
In November 1950, Hobson became managing editor of Harper's Bazaar (then with a ciruculation of 340,605), replacing Frances MacFadden , who retired after 18 years in that position.
Later, Hobson joined Newsweek, where he worked for a decade.
Hobson become a contributor to the (now defunct) Saturday Review during the late 1940s, the 1950s, and into the 1960s.
LATER AND LIFE OF VERNA HOBSON
Hobson was a heavy alcoholic and died at the age of 58 in 1964 of
gastrointestinal hemorrhage in
Princeton, New Jersey
Hobson married his second wife, Verna Harrison (1923–2004), in the
mid-1940s after meeting at Time. At first they lived in Manhattan but
moved to Princeton. Each year, they summered on Squirrel Island, Maine
while playing in the Hennessy Five Star Orchestra. Mrs. Hobson worked
1954-1966 as secretary to
Robert Oppenheimer , then director of the
Institute for Advanced Study . After her husband's death in 1964, she
moved to London and worked first for the American Association of
University Women and then for the London branch of
In 1939, Hobson became the second American to write a major book on
jazz, American Jazz Music ( A year earlier, colleague Winthrop
Sargeant , a staff writer at Life, had published Jazz--Hot and
Hybrid). Sargeant believed that the "swing" in jazz derived from
complex African multi-rhythms adapted to relatively simple Western
music. Hobson and Sargeant—both amateur, though well informed, jazz
enthusiast—believed that jazz came from New Orleans bordellos,
whereas in the 1930s European scholars like
Wilder's close ancestors were
* American Jazz Music. (NY: W.W. Norton, 1939, republished in 1941 and 1976) * All Summer Long. (New York: Duell, Sloan -webkit-column-width: 30em; column-width: 30em; list-style-type: decimal;">
* ^ A B "Milestones". Time. June 5, 1964. * ^ Osborn, Robert C. (1982). Osborn on Osborn. New York. Ticknor & Fields. p. 44. * ^ "Slaves for Sale". Time. May 4, 1931. Retrieved 2008-09-13. * ^ Rathbone, Belinda (1995). Walker Evans: A Biography. Houghton Mifflin. p. 150. ISBN 0-618-05672-6 , ISBN 978-0-618-05672-9 . * ^ A B Rathbone, Belinda (1995). Walker Evans: A Biography. Houghton Mifflin. p. 144. ISBN 0-618-05672-6 , ISBN 978-0-618-05672-9 . * ^ Vanderlan, Robert (2008). ""Telling the Truth in the Headquarters of Lying": Intellectuals Writing for Fortune Magazine in the 1930s". Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture. ISSN 1547-4348 . Retrieved 2008-09-13. * ^ Tanenhaus, Sam (1997). Whittaker Chambers: A Biography. Random House. pp. 174–175. ISBN 978-0-394-58559-8 . * ^ Reidel, James (2007). \'Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees. University of Nebraska Press. p. 121. ISBN 0-8032-5977-8 , ISBN 978-0-8032-5977-5 . * ^ Herzstein, Robert E. (2005). Henry R. Luce, Time, and the American Crusade in Asia. Cambridge University Press. pp. 42–43. ISBN 978-0-521-83577-0 . * ^ Tanenhaus, Sam (1997). Whittaker Chambers: A Biography. Random House. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-394-58559-8 . * ^ Rathbone, Belinda (1995). Walker Evans: A Biography. Houghton Mifflin. p. 190. ISBN 0-618-05672-6 , ISBN 978-0-618-05672-9 . * ^ Rathbone, Belinda (1995). Walker Evans: A Biography. Houghton Mifflin. p. 199. ISBN 0-618-05672-6 , ISBN 978-0-618-05672-9 . * ^ "For the Carriage Trade". Time. November 13, 1950. Retrieved 2008-09-13. * ^ Rathbone, Belinda (1995). Walker Evans: A Biography. Houghton Mifflin. p. 249.