Biography and History

Kennett Love was born on August 17, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri. He served from 1943- 1946 as a United States Navy pilot during World War II. Like many GIs, Love returned to school after the war and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in 1948. He began his career as a writer and a journalist in 1948 by working as a reporter for the Hudson Dispatch, in Union City, New Jersey. Love served as foreign correspondent for the New York Times, between 1948 and 1962. His assignments included coverage of activities in the Middle East, East Africa, West Africa and Europe. Love was an eight-time winner of the Publisher's Writing Prize. He served in Ethiopia, Morocco, Tunisia and training centers in the United States as a PlannerEvaluator for the Peace Corps between 1963 and 1964. Love was an associate professor at Princeton University's School of Oriental Studies from 1964 to 1968. Between 1971-1973 he was a professor of journalism at the American University in Cairo, and served as a Cairo correspondent for ABC News. In 1974 Love began to pursue a career as a free lance writer, editor and photographer. For the past two years he has engaged in research and interviews for a history of the 1953 coup in Iran. Love's major published work is the Suez: The Twice Fought War. He has produced many articles, reviews, broadcasts and taken photographs which have appeared nationally and internationally.

Source: From the finding aid for MC176

  • Kennett Love Papers. 1953-1990 (inclusive).

    Call Number: MC176

    The Kennett Love Papers contain correspondence, subject files, writings, tape recordings and other material relating to the career of Love as a writer and journalist. Most of the material deals with Love's book, Suez: The Twice Fought War.