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Brendan Gill (October 4, 1914 – December 27, 1997) wrote for The New Yorker for more than 60 years. He also contributed film criticism for Film Comment and wrote a popular book about his time at the New Yorker magazine.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Gill was graduated in 1936 from Yale University, where he was a member of Skull & Bones. He was a long-time resident of Bronxville, New York and Norfolk, Connecticut.

A champion of architectural preservation and other visual arts, he chaired the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and authored 15 books, including Here at The New Yorker and the iconoclastic Frank Lloyd Wright biography Many Masks.

In September 1989, Gill wrote the controversial article "The faces of Joseph Campbell" for the New York Review of Books where he made a number of accusations against Campbell (later disputed by others), including charging him with anti-Semitism. Gill was personally acquainted with Campbell through the Century Club.

Brendan Gill died of natural causes in 1997, at the age of 83 .

His son, Michael Gates Gill, is the author of How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else.[1]

His youngest son, Charles Gill, is the author of The Boozer Challenge, a sexy romp of the struggling upper class with tongue-in-cheek humor and wit.



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  • Gill, Brendan (15 January 1949). "The Talk of the Town: Runaway". The New Yorker 24 (47): 22–23.   I Can Hear it Now - album of speeches and news broadcasts, 1932-45 (with Spencer Klaw).
  • Gill, Brendan (4 February 1950). "The Talk of the Town: The Wildest People". The New Yorker 25 (50): 21–22.   Transit Radio, Inc.
  • Gill, Brendan (4 February 1950). "The Talk of the Town: Improvisation". The New Yorker 25 (50): 25.   Hiding telephone lines in the ivy at Princeton (with M. Galt).
  • Gill, Brendan (14 January 1985). "The Theatre: The Ignominy of Boyhood". The New Yorker 60 (48): 108–110.   Reviews Bill C. Davis' "Dancing in the End Zone", James Duff's "Home Front" and Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I".
  • Gill, Brendan (28 January 1985). "The Talk of the Town: Notes and Comment". The New Yorker 60 (50): 19–20.   West 44th Street development.


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