The Liebman –

Loveman Family

Introduction

The New Jersey Liebmans

The Cleveland Lovemans

The Southern Lovemans

Literary Lovemans

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Loveman Merchants

Those Who Stayed Behind

 

Click on a name in either family tree below for more information on many individuals listed. For a full page, printable family tree, click here for the top tree and here for the bottom one.

 

New Jersey and Cleveland Branches

 

 

Southern Loveman Branch

 

 
 

 

 Literary Lovemans - I

 

erhaps the most famous of the “literary Lovemans,” Robert Loveman (1864-1923) was one of America’s best-known poets and lyricists during his lifetime. He is said to have been born in Cleveland, though no record of his birth apparently exists there. A grandson of David and Rosa Loveman, he was born to their son David Reuben Loveman (1827-1898) and Ernestine Schwartz (1837-1921). Robert grew up in Dalton, Georgia and studied law at the University of Alabama. He was admitted to the bar but did not practice law. Instead, he gravitated toward reading and writing. A prolific author, he is remembered primarily for two poems:

“April Rain,” written in 1901, was the inspiration for the popular Al Jolson song, “April Showers.” It was Robert Loveman who penned the line, “It is not raining rain to me, it's raining violets.”

“Georgia,”set to music by Lollie Belle Wylie, was the official song of the state until 1979, when “Georgia on my Mind” replaced it.

Robert traveled and lectured extensively. He never married and lived with his mother until her death in 1921. His publications include Poems, 1889; Poems, 1893; Poems, 1897; A Book of Verses, 1900; The Gates of Silence, 1903; Songs from a Georgia Garden, 1905; The Blushful South and Hippocrene, 1909; On the Way to Willowdale, 1912; Sonnets of the Strife, 1917 and Verses, 1929. He also contributed to Harper's Atlantic Monthly, the Ladies Home Journal and other magazines.

Undated program from the Robert Loveman Concert Company. Click to enlarge. Books of Verse by Robert Loveman. Handbill, ca. 1912.

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my Loveman (1881-1955), daughter of cotton merchant Adolph P. Loveman (1843-1935) and Adassa Heilprin (1847-1921), came by her love of literature naturally. Her maternal grandfather was Michael Heilprin (1823-1888), a writer and biblical scholar conversant in a dozen languages who left his native Poland for Hungary and embraced the Hungarian revolution. Heilprin worked for a time as secretary to Louis Kossuth. Amy's father was not only a businessman but a book lover; he reportedly spoke six languages himself.

A lifelong New York resident, Amy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College in 1901. She went to work for her uncle, Louis Heilprin on revision of the New International Encyclopaedia and Lippincott's Pronouncing Gazetteer of the World. She soon switched to the New York Post, where she became a book reviewer and eventually associate editor of the literary review. In 1924, she resigned to accept a post at the new Saturday Review of Literature. She was an associate editor in its first issue, later adding the title of poetry editor.

In 1939, she published I'm Looking for a Book and became head of the Book-of-the-Month Club's editorial department. She was named to its editorial board in 1951. She received the Columbia University Medal for Excellence (1945) and the Constance Lindsay Skinner Achievement Award of the Women's National Book Association (1946), and honorary degrees from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

I'm Looking for a Book was published by Dodd, Mead & Co. in 1936. Click to enlarge.

 

Among Amy's friends were Norman Cousins, Henry Seidel Canby, William Rose Benét and Christopher Morley. Bennett Cerf spoke of her “abiding and contagious enthusiasm for the printed word.” After her death, an award was established in her memory by the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Saturday Review and the Women's National Book Association.

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