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Lewis, Anthony (1927-2013)

Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis was a prominent liberal intellectual, writing for The New York Times op-ed page and the New York Review of Books, among other publications. He was previously a columnist for the Times (1969-2001). Before that, he was London bureau chief (1965-1972), Washington, D.C., bureau (1955-64), and deskman (1948-1952), all for the Times. From 1952-55, he worked for the Democratic National Committee and the Washington Daily News.

His first Pulitzer Prize was in 1955 for reporting on the U.S. Government’s loyalty program, and specifically on the dismissal of a Navy employee who was not informed of the nature of the accusations against him, nor of the accusers. Lewis’s articles led to the employee’s reinstatement. He won a second Pulitzer Prize in 1963 for his coverage of the United States Supreme Court. He frequently wrote on the Court and matters of constitutional law.

Lewis taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism from the mid-1970s until late in his life, and he long held the school’s James Madison chair in First Amendment Issues. He lectured at Harvard from 1974 to 1989 and was a visiting lecturer at several other colleges and universities, including the Universities of Arizona, California, Illinois, and Oregon.

He was born in New York City. He attended the Horace Mann School in New York and Harvard College, where he earned a B.A. in 1948. While at Harvard, he was an editor of the Harvard Crimson.

Noam Chomsky has said that Anthony Lewis is at “the far left of the spectrum” that is available in the mainstream media, and thus is useful in discovering the tacit assumptions that underlie all mainstream discussion.

He was married to Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, who was formerly the General Counsel and Vice-President at Harvard University. She wrote the majority opinion in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which legalized gay marriage in Massachusetts. He left three children from his first marriage, Eliza, David, and Mia, and seven grandchildren, Lily, Evie, Miranda, Thea, Jack, Zoe and Beatrice.

Lewis died on March 25, 2013, from renal and heart failure at age 85. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a few years earlier.

—Courtesy of Wikipedia

Resources Recommended by Harvard Square Library

Lewis, Anthony. Gideon’s Trumpet. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.


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