Elisabeth Luther Cary

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Elisabeth Luther Cary (May 18, 1867 – July 13, 1936) was an American writer and art critic.

The Rossettis by Elisabeth Luther Cary


Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of Edward and Elisabeth (Luther) Cary. Her father was editor of the Brooklyn Union and later became a New York Times editorial writer.[1] Elisabeth was privately educated and from 1885–1898 she studied art. From 1893–1895, she translated three novels from French.[2] In the years that followed she published a series of studies on prominent literary figures. In 1904, she collaborated with Annie M. Jones to produce a book of recipes inspired by quotes from famous literary figures titled, Books and My Food.[3] She began publishing a monthly small art magazine called The Scrip in 1905.[4]

In 1908, she was named the first full-time art critic for the New York Times,[5] where she worked for the next twenty five years.[6] Following World War I, she helped encourage the founding of industrial arts schools and the introduction of machinery into the studio.[7] After living in Brooklyn her entire life, she died of heat exhaustion in 1936. She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn.[6]




  1. ^ "Funeral of Edward Cary.; Service for Times Editorial Writer Attended by Many Who Had Admired and Loved Him". The New York Times. May 26, 1917.
  2. ^ Hamersly, Lewis Randolph (1907). Frank R. Holmes, ed. Who's who in New York City and State. L.R. Hamersly Co. p. 255.
  3. ^ Schoonover, David. "Books and My Food". Iowa Szathmáry Culinary Arts Series. University of Iowa Press. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  4. ^ Leonard, John William (1914). Woman's who's who of America: a biographical dictionary of contemporary women of the United States and Canada, 1914-1915. American Commonwealth Co. p. 166. ISBN 0-8103-4018-6.
  5. ^ Olsen, Kirstin (1994). Chronology of women's history. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 184. ISBN 0-313-28803-8.
  6. ^ a b James, Edward T.; James, Janet Wilson (1974). Paul S. Boyer, eds. Notable American Women 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary. Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium Series in the History of Landscape Architecture. Harvard University Press. p. 298. ISBN 0-674-62734-2.
  7. ^ Marquardt, Virginia Hagelstein (Spring 1988). "Louis Lozowick: From "Machine Ornaments" to Applied Design, 1923–1930". The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts. 8: 40–57. JSTOR 1503969.

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