Born April 28, 1919, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Alexander Eliot has published eighteen books on art, mythology, history, and two novels. Also the author of hundreds of published essays in magazines as varied as Atlantic Monthly, The Eastern Buddhist, Life, Life International, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek,Travel & Leisure, Gourmet, Horticulture Magazine, Parabola, Smithsonian, Texas Quarterly, Italy’s Panorama, and England’s Systematics and Man, Myth and Magic.
Eliot’s father was a professor at Smith College, Northampton, MA; his great-grandfather was president of Harvard for forty years. He attended Black Mountain College to study art with abstract painter Josef Albers. He left two years later to attend Boston Museum School, and afterward opened an art gallery in Boston before moving to New York City.
Time Magazine: From age 26 to 42 (1945-1960) Eliot was the art editor at Time Magazine, during which time he socialized with and wrote about every major American (and European) artist. Salvador Dali became a special friend not only because of their shared passion for art but also because Eliot’s wife, Jane Winslow, had lived for several years in Catalonia and spoke Dali’s native Catalan fluently. Eliot’s stories of encounters and interviews with Picasso, de Kooning, Matisse, and many others have enthralled friends and family all his life.
In 1960 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to research “Studies of Greece and the Middle East as Spiritual Cradles of the Western World.” While he was there he and his wife, Jane Winslow Eliot, visited Delphi, and decided they wanted to raise their family in Greece.
So, he took early retirement from Time Inc. at age 42, moved to Greece with his family, and continued to write and travel, determined to explore, with his wife, Jane Winslow Eliot, most sacred places in the world. He continued to write and research and explore spirituality, myth, love, and life.
Alexander Eliot, who said: “Life is a fatal adventure. It can only have one end. So why not make it as far-ranging and free as possible?”
Alexander Eliot, perhaps best known for this unorthodox biography in Who’s Who In America and Who’s Who in the World: “The sun shines on me and in me as well. But what am I? A goose-pimpled crazy on a skewed glass bicycle, continually crashing into scribbled walls. And this being, this moment is the thing.”