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date: 15 November 2019

Erskine, John locked

  • Paula Morgan
  • , revised by Jonas Westover


(b New York, NY, Oct 5, 1879; d New York, NY, June 1, 1951). American author, educator, and pianist. He studied piano with Carl Walter and composition and orchestration with Edward MacDowell. After completing his education at Columbia University (BA 1900, MA 1901, PhD 1903), he pursued a distinguished career there as professor of English (1909–37). A noted author of novels and essays, Erskine also maintained a lifelong interest in music. Erskine’s novels, especially The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1925) and Galahad (1926), established his reputation as a writer. His poetry was also widely published. He studied piano at an early age and also, beginning in 1923, under ernest Hutcheson , with whom he worked at the Juilliard School. He appeared as piano soloist with the New York SO and the Baltimore Civic Orchestra. He was president of the Juilliard School (...

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