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Seldes, Gilbert Vivian (03 January 1893–29 September 1970), critic and writer, was born in Alliance, New Jersey, the son of George Sergei Seldes, a pharmacist, and Anna Saphro, who died when Gilbert was three. His only sibling, George Seldes, became a distinguished journalist known for his coverage of European affairs between the world wars. Their father, a freethinker of Russian Jewish descent, sought to convert his farm into an anarchist utopian colony. When that did not succeed, he entered the drugstore business. He enjoyed friendships with ...

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Woollcott, Alexander Humphreys (19 January 1887–23 January 1943), writer, was born at the Phalanx, a Fourierist commune at Red Bank, New Jersey, the son of Walter Woollcott, a ne’er-do-well businessman, and Frances Grey Bucklin, a daughter of the community’s long-time leader. When he was a reporter on the ...