wrote for The New Yorker
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for more than 60 years. He also contributed film criticism for Film Comment
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and wrote a popular book about his time at the New Yorker magazine.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut
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, Gill was graduated in 1936 from Yale University
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, where he was a member of Skull and Bones
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. He was a long-time resident of Bronxville, New York
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and Norfolk, Connecticut
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A champion of architectural preservation and other visual arts, he chaired the Andy Warhol
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Foundation for the Visual Arts and authored 15 books, including Here at The New Yorker and the iconoclastic Frank Lloyd Wright
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biography Many Masks.
In September 1989, Gill wrote the controversial article "The Faces of Joseph Campbell
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" for the New York Review of Books where he made a number of accusations against Campbell, including charging him with anti-Semitism. Gill was acquainted with Campbell through the Century Club. After his article, many people and from various walks of life who knew Campbell personally, vigorously denied the accusations levied by Gill. But many people who knew Campbell personally also strongly supported Gill's accusations of racism and anti-semitism. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20116047,00.html
Gill was a good friend of actor Sir Rex Harrison
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and was among the speakers who memorialized the legendary actor at his memorial service in New York City
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in 1990 .
Brendan Gill died of natural causes in 1997, at the age of 83 .
Gill's son, Michael Gates Gill, is the author of How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else
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. His youngest son, Charles Gill, is the author of the novel The Boozer Challenge
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, a sexy romp of the struggling upper class with tongue-in-cheek humor and wit.
Chairman of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Chairman of the Municipal Art Society
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Chairman of the New York Landmarks Conservancy
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Vice President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- Many Masks: A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright
- Here at The New Yorker
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- Late Bloomers
- Portable Dorothy Parker (Dorothy Parker biography) (1972)
- New York Life: Of Friends and Others
- Cole Porter (Cole Porter biography) (1972)
- Tallulah (Tallulah Bankhead biography) (1972)
- Ways of Loving (short stories) (1974).
- Summer Places (with Dudley Whitney Hill) (1978)
- Lindbergh Alone - May 21, 1927 (1980)
- The Dream Come True: Great Houses of Los Angeles (1980)
- Fair Land to Build in: The Architecture of the Empire State (1984)
- The Trouble of One House (1951)
- The Day the Money Stopped (1957
I Can Hear it Now - album of speeches and news broadcasts, 1932-45 (with Spencer Klaw). Transit Radio, Inc. Hiding telephone lines in the ivy at Princeton (with M. Galt). Reviews Bill C. Davis' "Dancing in the End Zone", James Duff
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's "Home Front" and Rodgers and Hammerstein
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's "The King and I". West 44th Street development.