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March 28, 1868|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||April 29, 1937
New York City
|Resting place||Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
editor, writer, journalist
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Notable works||The Inside Story of Henry Ford's Jew-Mania|
|Spouse||Emilie Bigelow Hapgood
Elizabeth K. Reynolds
Norman Hapgood (March 28, 1868 – April 29, 1937) was an American writer, journalist, editor, and critic, and an American Minister to Denmark.
Norman Hapgood was born March 28, 1868 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Harvard University in 1890 and from the law school there in 1893, then chose to become a writer. Hapgood worked as the drama critic of the New York City Commercial Advertiser and of the Bookman in 1897–1902. He was named the editor of Collier's Weekly in 1903 and remained at that post for about a decade, before leaving to become editor of Harper's Weekly in June 1913. His editorial style attracted much attention for its vigor and range.
During the latter part of World War I and into the early post-war period Hapgood served as president of the League of Free Nations Association, which advocated in favor of a League of Nations to adjudicate international disputes. In this capacity Hapgood helped advance the agenda of President Woodrow Wilson, who sought the establishment of such a body at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.
In 1919 President Wilson appointed Hapgood Minister to Denmark, in which post he served for about six months. He helped expose Henry Ford's antisemitism in his article, "The Inside Story of Henry Ford's Jew-Mania", Part 4, Hearst's International (September 1922).
Hapgood was married twice. His first wife, Emilie Bigelow Hapgood, whom he married in 1896, went on to become famous in her own right as a theatrical producer in New York. They were divorced in 1915. Two years later, he married his second wife, Elizabeth K. Reynolds. Elizabeth Hapgood, who spoke fluent Russian, was the first English-language translator of writings about acting by Konstantin Stanislavsky (it was Norman Hapgood who had first suggested, in 1914, that the Moscow Art Theatre be invited to America).
- (1897). Literary Statesmen and Others Essays on Men Seen from a Distance [reissued by Books for Libraries Press, 1972] ISBN 0-8369-2593-9
- (1899). Abraham Lincoln: The Man of the People.
- (1899). Daniel Webster.
- (1901). George Washington.
- (1901). The Stage in America, 1897–1900.
- (1911). Industry and Progress.
- (1919). The Jewish Commonwealth.
- (1920). The Advancing Hour.
- (1927). Professional Patriots (with Sidney Howard, and John Hearley).
- (1927). Up From the City Streets: A Biographical Study of Alfred E. Smith (with Henry Moskowitz).
- (1929). Why Janet Should Read Shakspere (sic).
- (1930). The Changing Years.
- Associated Press (April 30, 1937). "Norman Hapgood Dies". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
Norman Hapgood, 69 ... prominent author and editor and political associate of Alfred Smith in his terms as Governor of New York State, died today following an operation.
- "Hapgood Backs Nations League As Peace Prop," New York Call, vol. 12, no. 32 (February 1, 1919), pg. 4.
- Schenectady Gazette, "Mrs. Emilie Bigelow Hapgood Dies in Rome" (obituary); accessed April 25, 2015.
- Stanislavski, Konstantin (2008). Benedetti, Jean, ed. An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary. Taylor & Francis. p. xvi. ISBN 978-1-134-10146-7.
- Benedetti, Jean (1990). Stanislavski: A Biography. Methuen Drama. p. 279. ISBN 978-0-413-52520-8.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Norman Hapgood.|
- Works by or about Norman Hapgood at Internet Archive
- Works by Norman Hapgood, at Unz.org
- The Political Graveyard: Norman Hapgood
- United States Department of State: Ambassadors to Denmark
- Norman Hapgood's grave in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
- Norman Hapgood and Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood Papers Repository: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- Photogravure of Hapgood by Doris Ulmann
Peter Fenelon Collier
|Editor of Collier's Weekly
Robert J. Collier
Maurice Francis Egan
|U.S. Minister to Denmark
Joseph C. Grew