T. S. Matthews

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T. S. Matthews
Born Thomas Stanley Matthews
1901
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died January 4, 1991
Cavendish, England, United Kingdom
Cause of death
Lung cancer
Citizenship American
Education Princeton University, Oxford University
Occupation Editor, journalist, author
Years active 1926-1985
Employer Time (magazine)
Known for Editor at Time magazine
Predecessor Henry Luce
Spouse(s) Juliana Stevens Cuyler (1), Martha Gellhorn (2), and Pamela Firth Peniakoff (3)
Children Thomas S. Matthews Jr., John P. C. Matthews, Paul C. Matthews, W. Alexander P. Matthews
Relatives Margaret Flinsch (sister), Dorothea Dooling (sister), Stanley Matthews

T. S. Matthews (1901 – January 4, 1991), also known as Tom Matthews, born Thomas Stanley Matthews, was an American magazine editor, journalist, and author: he served as editor of Time (magazine) from 1949 to 1953.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Thomas Stanley Matthews was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of a New Jersey bishop and Procter & Gamble heiress.[1][2] His grandfather was Stanley Matthews.

He earned a first bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1922 and a second from New College at Oxford University in 1925.[1][2][3] He joined the staff of The New Republic in 1925. There, literary critic Edmund Wilson encouraged him to write for the magazine. By 1928, he became an assistant editor and by 1929 an associate editor.[1]

He joined Time in 1929 as book editor and moved up to assistant managing editor, executive editor, and managing editor. Finally, he succeeded Time co-founder Henry Luce as the magazine's editor, serving in that position from 1949 to 1953.[1][2]

Following disagreements with senior management at Time over the 1952 presidential election, Matthews moved to England to study a British version of the magazine. When Time did not carry through, he remained in Britain. There, he wrote numerous books and poetry, including an autobiography and a book on T. S. Eliot.[2] He also reviewed books for the New York Times.[1]

Impact[edit]

The New York Times credited Matthews with "bringing depth and refinement to the news weekly in a 25-year career." It described him as a "lean, athletic editor" with "clipped, quiet speech was filled with obscure literary references" who rid the magazine of its double-barreled adjectives, puns and backward sentences."[1][3]

Whittaker Chambers, who started after and ended before Matthews at Time, summarized as follows: "T. S. Matthews' contribution to the humanity of Time, both in the intellectual and personal sense of the word, cannot be overstated."[4]

Princeton University holds his papers, which include writings, notebooks, correspondence, files from Time (1940s, 1950s, including the Time-in-Britain project), subject files, legal and financial correspondence, photographs, an printed material from 1910 to 1991. These include datebooks 1950-1991. Correspondents include John Aldridge, Whittaker Chambers, T. S. Eliot, Valerie Eliot, Robert Graves, Eleanor Green, Laura (Riding) Jackson, Schuyler Jackson, Len Lye, Laurie Lee, William Piel, Jr., V. S. Pritchett, Lyman Spitzer, and Adlai Stevenson.[2]

Private life and death[edit]

Matthews was married three times, to: Juliana Stevens Cuyler, Martha Gellhorn, and Pamela Firth Peniakoff.[2][3] He married Gellhorn in 1954 and lived with her in London; they divorced in 1963.[5]

He died of lung cancer in Cavendish, England. Surviving him at the time were his wife Pamela, four sons (Thomas S. Matthews, Jr., John P. C. Matthews, W. Alexander P. Matthews), two sisters (Margaret Flinsch and Dorothea Dooling), eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.[1][3]

Works[edit]

The Library of Congress holds the following books by Matthews:

  • To the Gallows I must go (1931)
  • Sugar Pill: An Essay on Newspapers (1957, 1959)
  • Name and Address: An Autobiography (1960, 1961)
  • O My America! Notes on a Trip (1962)
  • Great Tom: Notes Towards the Definition of T. S. Eliot (1974)
  • Jacks or Better: A Narrative (1977)
  • Under the Influence: Recollections of Robert Graves, Laura Riding, and Friends (1979, 1983)
  • Angels Unawares: Twentieth-Century Portraits (1985)

Articles appearing online include:

  • "Football Morals" (November 26, 1976)[6]

Poems appearing online include:

  • "After Such Knowledge: T.S. Eliot" (undated)[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Foderaro, Lisa W. (6 January 1991). "T. S. Matthews, 89, Ex-Editor of Time and Author". New York Times. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "T. S. Matthews Papers 1910-1991". Princeton University. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "T. S. Matthews, Ex-Time Editor". Chicago Tribune (via New York Times News Service). 10 January 1991. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Chambers, Whittaker (1952). Witness. New York: Random House. p. 478. 
  5. ^ "I didn't like sex at all". Salon. 12 August 2006. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Matthews, T. S. (26 November 1976). "Football Morals". Commentary Magazine. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Matthews, T. S. "After Such Knowledge: T.S. Eliot". CliveJames.com. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 

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