Jablonski, Edward 1922-2004

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JABLONSKI, Edward 1922-2004


See index for CA sketch: Born March 1, 1922, in Bay City, MI; died of heart failure February 10, 2004, in New York, NY. Author. Jablonski was best known for his books about American composers, though he wrote on other subjects as well. After serving in New Guinea in the U.S. Army Field Artillery during World War II and earning a Bronze Star, he returned home to complete his college education, including an A.A. from Bay City Junior College and a B.A. from the New School for Social Research in 1950. Jablonski also studied anthropology for a year at Columbia University. Working for several years in the 1950s for the March of Dimes, his writing career began when he started contributing record reviews to periodicals and penning liner notes for albums. Becoming a freelance writer in 1959, Jablonski's first book had already been published by then: 1958's The Gershwin Years, which he wrote with Lawrence D. Stewart. Several more biographies—this time written as solo works—followed, such as Harold Arlen: Happy with the Blues (1961), George Gershwin (1962), Gershwin Remembered (1992), and Irving Berlin: American Troubador (1999). He was also the author of numerous publications about warfare and aviation, such as Warriors with Wings (1966), Man with Wings (1980), and America in the Air War (1982).



New York Times, February 13, 2004, p. C11.

Washington Post, February 16, 2004, p. B5.