Luce, Henry Robinson

Henry Robinson Luce (1898–1967) was an American editor, publisher, and media entrepreneur. Before television became the country’s primary source for information, news, and entertainment, Luce’s publishing empire dominated much of the American media landscape. That empire began with Time magazine in 1923, which he co-founded with Briton Hadden. Time was the first publication to present the news in short, concise, and opinionated stories. Fortune, Luce’s second magazine, was first published in 1930 and covered American business in a new way: by discussing the intersection of labor, management, and government. Luce’s most popular publication, Life magazine, was first published in 1936. Its pictorial content presented audiences with images and ideas from around the world. Life’s mission statement claimed, “To see life; to see the world; ...

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