Luce, Henry Robinson

(1898-1967)
   The son of a missionary, Henry Luce was born in China. He was a student at Yale University and became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army in 1918. He returned to college in 1919 and graduated in 1920. After a brief period of study at Oxford University, Luce returned to the United States where, with Briton Hadden, he established Time magazine in 1923. In 1930, Luce founded Fortune, a journal aimed at businessmen. Time, Inc. expanded and in 1935 began a documentary newsreel series, The March of Time. In 1936, Luce began production of Life, a magazine of photojournalism. Time and Life were enormously influential journals and had a huge circulation until they were undermined by the advent of television.
   In an editorial entitled “The American Century” in Life in 1941, Luce argued that the United States should abandon isolationism and take a lead in rebuilding a peaceful world after an Allied victory. Luce supported the presidential campaign of Republican Wendell Willkie in 1940 and Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952. After the war, Luce became increasingly conservative and was an advocate of strong resistance to perceived Soviet expansion. A major figure in the “China Lobby” in 1949, he blamed Harry S. Truman’s administration for the loss of China to the communists. He became an ardent supporter of Nationalist China (see Taiwan). Luce later supported groups involved in attacks on Fidel Castro’s Cuba, and he approved of U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam. In the 1950s, he launched House & Home and Sports Illustrated magazines. He retired in 1964.

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  • Luce,Henry Robinson — Luce, Henry Robinson. 1898 1967. American editor and publisher who cofounded Time (1923) and founded Fortune (1930), Life (1936), and Sports Illustrated (1954). * * * …   Universalium

  • Luce, Henry R. — ▪ American publisher in full  Henry Robinson Luce   born April 3, 1898, Dengzhou, Shondong province, China died February 28, 1967, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.       American magazine publisher who built a publishing empire on Time, Fortune, and Life… …   Universalium

  • Henry Robinson Luce — noun United States publisher of magazines (1898 1967) • Syn: ↑Luce, ↑Henry Luce • Instance Hypernyms: ↑publisher …   Useful english dictionary

  • Henry Robinson Luce — (1898 1967) American journalist and publisher, founder of the magazines Time Life Fortune and Sports Illustrated …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Luce — /loohs/, n. 1. Clare Boothe, 1903 87, U.S. writer, politician, and diplomat. 2. Henry Robinson, 1898 1967, U.S. publisher and editor (husband of Clare Boothe Luce). * * * (as used in expressions) Irigaray Luce Luce Clare Boothe Luce Henry… …   Universalium

  • Robinson — /rob in seuhn/, n. 1. Bill ( Bojangles ), 1878 1949, U.S. tap dancer. 2. Boardman /bawrd meuhn, bohrd /, 1876 1952, U.S. painter and illustrator, born in Nova Scotia. 3. Edward G. (Emanuel Goldenberg), 1893 1973, U.S. actor, born in Rumania. 4.… …   Universalium

  • henry — /hen ree/, n., pl. henries, henrys. Elect. the SI unit of inductance, formally defined to be the inductance of a closed circuit in which an electromotive force of one volt is produced when the electric current in the circuit varies uniformly at a …   Universalium

  • Henry — /hen ree/, n. 1. Joseph, 1797 1878, U.S. physicist. 2. O., pen name of William Sydney Porter. 3. Patrick, 1736 99, American patriot, orator, and statesman. 4. Cape, a cape in SE Virginia at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. 5. Fort. See …   Universalium

  • Henry Luce — noun United States publisher of magazines (1898 1967) • Syn: ↑Luce, ↑Henry Robinson Luce • Instance Hypernyms: ↑publisher …   Useful english dictionary

  • luce — /loohs/, n. a pike, esp. when fully grown. [1350 1400; ME < MF lus pike < LL lucius] * * * (as used in expressions) Irigaray Luce Luce Clare Boothe Luce Henry Robinson * * * …   Universalium

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