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Max Gissen (1909 – November 14, 1984) was an American journalist known for book reviews at TIME magazine.[1][2][3]

Background

Max Gissen was born in Kiev, then the Russian Empire (today, Ukraine) and came with his family to the United States. He grew up in Brattleboro, Vermont. He attended Clark University.[2][3]

Career

Gissen reviewed books the The New Republic magazine under Edmund Wilson

During World War II, he served in the US Army as an infantry captain in Europe.[2][3]

In 1946, he joined TIME,[3] where he interacted with Whittaker Chambers, T.S. Matthews, and publisher and co-founder Henry Luce.[1][2] Initially, he wrote the Press section; in 1947, he took over book reviews. He also started the Time Reading Program, a book series.[2]

While at TIME, he wrote cover stories on Louis Armstrong and John P. Marquand,[1] for the latter of which won public praise from publisher Henry Luce.[3]

Personal life and death

Gissen married Louise; they had a son and daughter.[2]

Gissen died age 75 on November 14, 1984, at his home in Weston, Connecticut.[2]

Awards

References

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