- Ann T. Keene
Laughlin, James (30 October 1914–12 November 1997), publisher and poet, was born James Laughlin IV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Henry Hughart Laughlin and Marjory Rea Laughlin. His father was the president of Jones and Laughlin, a major steel mill founded by his great-grandfather, an Irish immigrant and the first James Laughlin. Although young James was expected to enter the family business, he rebelled at an early age, turning to art and literature, subjects that he later recalled received short shrift in the family household but to which he was attracted at school. He was educated privately, first in Pittsburgh and then at boarding schools in Switzerland and Massachusetts before entering the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut, where one of his teachers and mentors was ...