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date: 22 October 2019

Weeks, Edward Augustuslocked

(19 February 1898–11 March 1989)
  • Ann T. Keene

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Weeks, Edward Augustus (19 February 1898–11 March 1989), editor and author, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the son of Edward Weeks, a cotton merchant in Manhattan, and Frederika Suydam. He attended the Pingry School for eleven years, but by his own admission he was a slow learner who also felt handicapped by his small stature and perpetually thought of himself as a “runt.” When low marks on the entrance examination denied him admission to Princeton University, he was sent by his father to Cornell in the fall of 1916 to study engineering, a field for which he had neither aptitude nor interest. By the end of his freshman year he had suffered the dual humiliations of failing to make the rowing team and being placed on academic probation....

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