Luce, Henry R.

ALS to the wife of Time Inc.’s vice chairman, an original investor, praising a biography of St. Ignatius Loyola

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(1898-1967) Born in China, the son of a Presbyterian missionary, graduated Yale in 1920. Joined Baltimore News in 1921 with Hotchkiss classmate Briton Hadden. They quit in 1922 and formed Time Inc., 1st issue of “Time” pub. March 3, 1923. Luce was business manager and Hadden editor-in-chief, they alternated year-to-year the titles of president and secretary-treasurer. On Hadden's 1929 death, Luce assumed Hadden's position. He launched “Fortune” Feb. 1930 and founded “Life Magazine” 1936, “House & Home” 1952, and “Sports Illustrated” 1954. He also produced “The March of Time” for radio and cinema. By the mid ‘60s, Time Inc. was the world’s largest and most prestigious magazine publisher. He remained editor-in-chief of all his publications until 1964. An influential anti-communist Republican, he was an instrumental figure behind the "China Lobby," steering foreign policy and popular sentiment in favor of Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek. Luce penned a famous 1941 article in Life, "The American Century," which defined the role of American foreign policy for the remainder of the 20th century (and perhaps beyond). Luce, born to Presbyterian missionaries, was not a dogmatic Protestant. He concurred in his wife's right to convert to Catholicism in 1946, and was said to respect her view of the world without adopting it for his own. ALS “Harry”, 1-¾pp on one sheet of his 11 x 7 ¼ personal "9 Rockefeller Plaza, New York 20” letterhead, Wednesday, Nov. 5 (no year, but pre-1963) to Isabel (Mrs. William V. Griffin), thanking her and Bill for yellow roses. His “unforced rest cure” gives Luce a “rare chance to think with leisure” of his friends. He thought of them earlier when reading Francis Thompson’s biography of Ignatius Loyola (published posthumously in 1910) and asks if they have read it. Luce “…was astonished that such a work existed, as I woudn’t have supposed F. T. could ever bend himself to such a task.” He comments that the book is beautifuly written “…and a just reminder of how trifling most of our troubles are compared with those of the heroes and the saints.” WILLIAM V. GRIFFIN was one of the original investors in Time Inc. He married Isabel Carden in 1914. Griffin was Time Inc.’s vice chairman of the board 1932-56. FRANCIS THOMPSON (1859-1907) English Catholic poet and ascetic, became addicted to opium and was a street vagrant for years. A couple read his poetry and rescued him, publishing his 1st book of poems in 1893. He lived as an unbalanced invalid in Wales and Storrington, but wrote 3 books of poetry and other works before dying of tuberculosis in 1907.

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