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An American author and advocate for women’s higher education, Meyer was the sister of activist Maud… [More] Nathan and aunt of poet Robert Nathan. Part of a Sephardic Jewish family from New York City, Meyer married her second cousin, the prominent physicist Alfred Meyer. She went on to found Barnard College to grant women an opportunity to have higher educations — something she herself was not able to receive. [Less]
1912: Saul Chaplin
Born Saul Kaplan in Brooklyn, Chaplin won four Oscars for collaborating on the scores and orchestrations for… [More] “An American in Paris” (1951), “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954), and “West Side Story” (1961). [Less]
1964: Jonathan Lethem
An American novelist, essayist, and short story writer, Lethem was born in Brooklyn to a political activist… [More] mother and avant-garde painter father. Lethem is half-Jewish. He grew up on a commune in North Gowanus (now called Boerum Hill). His mother’s death when he was 13 strongly affects his writing. [Less]