Priscilla Buckley

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Priscilla Langford Buckley (October 17, 1921 – March 25, 2012)[1][2] was an American author who was the managing editor of National Review magazine and a sister of its founder William F. Buckley, Jr.. Another brother was retired federal judge and former United States Senator James L. Buckley who named his daughter after her and dedicated his 2010 book Freedom at Risk: Reflections on Politics, Liberty, and the State to his sister.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Buckley was born in New York City to William Frank Buckley, Sr., and Aloise Josephine Antonia Steiner. She graduated with a degree in history in 1943 from Smith College where one of her best friends was feminist Betty Friedan.[5][6] She worked for the CIA in the 1950s and for United Press in New York and Paris from 1944 to 1948 (NY) and again from 1953 to 1956 (Paris). She later wrote a 2001 book about her United Press days, "String of Pearls." [7][8] Whittaker Chambers was the one who suggested to William F. Buckley that he make his sister the managing editor of National Review, a position she acquired in 1959 when the original managing editor Suzanne La Follette retired.[9] She worked as an editor of National Review for forty-three years.[10] Some of the writers whom she helped to train include Paul Gigot, Bill McGurn, Mona Charen, and Anthony R. Dolan.[11] Her 2001 memoir about international journalism was entitled String of Pearls while her 2005 memoir Living It Up with National Review: A Memoir is about her time at National Review magazine as well as stories about her travels and personal life.[12][13]

Death[edit]

Buckley died on March 25, 2012, at the age of 90, at Great Elm, the house in Sharon, Connecticut, where she and her nine siblings grew up.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nomination of Priscilla L. Buckley To Be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  2. ^ Lopez, Kathryn Jean. "A Death in the Family". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Priscilla Buckley, Writer, Is Married To Alain Illel, an Actor and Director". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  4. ^ Buckley, James L. "Freedom at Risk: Reflections on Politics, Liberty, and the State". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  5. ^ Boughton, Kathryn. "Priscilla Buckley Remembered by Family Members, Sharon Residents as a Benevolent Force of Nature". Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  6. ^ "Nomination of Priscilla L. Buckley To Be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  7. ^ "Living It Up with National Review: A Memoir". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  8. ^ "Nominations, November 18, 1983". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  9. ^ Bolduc, Brian. "Around the World with Priscilla Buckley". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  10. ^ "Living It Up with National Review: A Memoir". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  11. ^ Robinson, Peter. "Priscilla Buckley, RIP". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  12. ^ Brookhiser, Richard. "Priscilla Buckley, R.I.P.". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  13. ^ "Living It Up with National Review: A Memoir". Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  14. ^ Robinson, Peter. "Priscilla Buckley, RIP". Retrieved 2012-03-25.