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Gilbert Seldes photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1932

Gilbert Vivian Seldes (January 3, 1893 – September 29, 1970) was an American writer and cultural critic. He was editor and drama critic of The Dial. He also hosted the NBC television program The Subject is Jazz.

Born in Alliance, New Jersey, he attended Harvard University and was the New York correspondent for T. S. Eliot's The Criterion.

In the 1930s, Seldes adapted Lysistrata and A Midsummer Night's Dream for Broadway. Later he made films, wrote radio scripts and became the first director of television for CBS News and the founding dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

The actress Marian Seldes is his daughter. The journalist George Seldes was his older brother.

Bibliography

  • The United States and the War, 1917
  • The Seven Lively Arts, 1924 (name given to Seven Lively Arts program)
  • The Stammering Century, 1928
  • An Hour with the Movies and the Talkies, 1929
  • Movies for the Millions, 1937
  • Proclaim Liberty!, 1949
  • The Great Audience, 1951
  • The Public Arts, 1964
  • Writing for Television
  • The Years of the Locusts
  • The New Mass Media
  • Your Money and Your Life
  • Mainland (book)|Mainland
  • Against Revolution
  • The Stammering Century
  • This is America
  • The Movies Come from America
  • The Movies and the Talkies
  • The Future of Drinking
  • The Wings of the Eagle
  • Lysistrata (A Modern Version)

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