Towse, J. Ranken


Towse, J. Ranken
(1845-1933)
   Born in Streatham, England, he came to the United States in 1869 and made his career in New York without ever becoming an American citizen; he died in England. After four years in various positions on the New York Post, he became drama critic in 1874 and continued until 1927, when he retired. Despite his conservative tastes, he was respected for his high standards and seen as one of the most influential critics of the era.

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