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Trilling, Diana (21 July 1905–23 October 1996), critic and author, was born in New York City, the daughter of Joseph Rubin, a manufacturer of straw braid, and Sadie Helene Forbert Rubin. Both parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland. After graduating from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, Diana Rubin went to Radcliffe College, earning a B.A. in fine arts in 1925. She moved back to her parents' home in New York, then traveled widely with her widowed father, including to South America, and worked until 1929 for the National Broadcasting Company as an assistant to a writer for a children's radio serial. In 1927 she met ...