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The Mentor Hall of Fame

ARTISTS, WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, PUBLISHERS, NOVELISTS, AND POETS

Virtually anyone can benefit from having a mentor. And most well-known, accomplished and successful artists can identify people in their lives who acted as mentors.

The following list of mentor pairs was compiled by Rey Carr from a variety of sources including autobiographies, biographies, newspaper articles, personal interviews, and diligent historical research.

If you know of mentor pairs that ought to be added, we have provided an opportunity for you to submit the names and details: Add a Mentor Pair.

ARTISTS, WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, PUBLISHERS, NOVELISTS, JOURNALISTS, AND POETS

Hassam

Summer Evening

Childe Hassam

1886

  • Celia Laighton Thaxter (poet) mentor to Childe Hassam (American impressionist, 1859-1935, paintings)
  • Benjamin West (historical painter Bio) mentor to Washington Allston (artist, poet)

  • Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), American artist Works) was a mentor to Georgia O'Keeffe (American painter Bio) and photographer Arnold Newman.

Rockwell

Freedom of Speech

Norman Rockwell

1942

  • Norman Rockwell (illustrator and painter, biography) mentor to John Cullen Murphy (wrote the Prince Valiant comic strip for 33 years)
  • Claude Monet (French painter, 1840-1926, Bio) was a mentor to Lilla Cabot Perry (American artist, 1848-1933, Bio)

  • William Gillies (landscape artist) mentor to Elizabeth Blackadder (contemporary painter)

  • Lawren Harris (Canadian Group of Seven) mentor to Thomas John Thomson (Canadian Group of Seven) and Emily Carr (Canadian artist)

  • Arthur Lismer (Canadian painter) mentor to Isabel McLaughlin (painter)

  • André Breton (Surrealist, Bio), Alfred Pellan (Canadian painter, Bio and work) mentors to Mimi Parent (Canadian Surrealist painter, Bio)

  • Pegi Nichol MacLeod (Canadian painter, Bio) mentored by Marius Barbeau (Anthropologist, Bio) and Maud and Eric Brown (Director of the National Gallery of Canada)

  • Canadian painter Jack Shadbolt (1909-1998) mentor to Molly Lamb Bobak (!920-2014; illustrator, and first female war artist) and Kazumi Kawaguchi (Canadian muralist and painter)

  • James Orrock mentor to William Hesketh Lever (18th century British painter)

  • Joseph Pennell (art teacher) mentor to Charles Henry White (Canadian-born painter-etcher of American cities)

  • Arshile Gorky (American painter) mentor to Willem de Kooning (American abstract expressionist painter)

  • Willem de Kooning (abstract impressionist painter) mentor to Robert Rauschenberg (modern painter)

  • Peter Pauwel Rubens (17th century Flemish master) mentor to David Teniers (Flemish painter) and x Velásquez (Spanish painter)

  • Mexican artist and muralist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was a mentor to Utah-born muralist Pablo Higgens (1904-1983).

  • Andrea del Verrocchio (painter, bio) mentor to Leonardo da Vinci

  • Leonardo da Vinci mentor to Raphael Sanzio (painter, Bio and work)

  • Diederik Tulp (17th century physician) mentor to Paulus Potter (17th century painter)

  • George III mentor to John Hoppner (English portrait painter)

  • Lorenzo de' Medici mentor to Luigi Pulci (Italian poet)

  • Cosimo de' Medici mentor to Benedetto Varchi (Italian poet and historian)

  • Gustavus III mentor to Carl Michael Bellman (18th century Swedish poet)

  • Paul Verlain (French poet) mentor to Arthur Rimbaud (French poet)

  • Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (known as "Colette") (1873-1954) was a mentor to French writer Georges Simenon (1903-1989)

  • William Dean Howells (American novelist and former editor of The Atlantic Monthly) mentor to Henry James (brother of William James and American novelist), Mark Twain, Thorstein Veblen and Stephen Crane

  • Ed Ricketts mentor to John Steinbeck

  • H.L. Mencken (Bio) mentor to William Manchester (author and historian)

  • Robert Penn Warren (writer) mentor to Larry Leavitt (friend of Rey Carr)

  • Sammy Sampas mentor to Jack Kerouac

  • Dashiel Hammett (writer Bio) mentor to Lillian Hellman (writer, Bio)

  • Arthur Krock (editor) mentor to James Reston (Pulitzer Prize author and writer)

  • Hermann Hesse mentor to Hans Carossa (German poet and novelist)

  • The W.O. Mitchell Literary Prize is awarded annually to an author that demonstrates both excellence and mentorship in writing

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson mentor to Henry David Thoreau, Charles Ives (composer), and Daniel Chester French (sculptor and creator of the Lincoln Memorial)

  • Henry David Thoreau mentor to Stephanie Mills (author, Epicurean Delight)

  • Walter Ufer (Taos artist) mentor to Carl Woolsey (artist)

  • G.H. Lewes mentor to George Eliot (English novelist)

  • When you visit Philadelphia, take a trip to Mentor Street near the Greenmount Cemetery

  • Stella Linden (actress) mentor to John Osborne (British playwright and film producer)

  • James Lind (British doctor created cure for scurvy) mentor to Percy Bysshe Shelley (British poet, Bio)

  • George William Russell (poet) mentor to Pamela Lyndon Travers (creator of Mary Poppins)

  • Franz Boas (anthropologist) mentor to Margaret Mead (anthropologist)

  • Margaret Mead (anthropologist) mentor to Gail Sheehy (writer)

  • Frank Sargeson (New Zealand writer) mentor to Janet Frame (New Zealand novelist) and Maurice Duggan

  • H.P. Lovecraft mentor to Robert Bloch (writer of the screenplay Psycho) and August Derleth (American author and editor)

  • Virgilio Pinera (Cuban dramatist) mentor to Reinaldo Arenas (Cuban writer, author of Before Night Falls)

  • Gloria Steinem, author, political activist and women's advocate is a mentor to American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz.

  • Colombian novelist, screenwriter and Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Márquez (1927-2014) called American author and Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner (1897-1962) and journalist and scholar Clemente Manuel Zabala (1889-1963) his mentors.

  • Jorge Luis Borges, a poet and author, (1899-1986) was mentored by Spanish poet, literary critic and essayist Rafael Cansinos-Asséns (1882-1964) and Argentine writer, humorist and philosopher Macedeonio Fernández (1874-1952) and was a mentor to Argentine poet Norah Lange (1905-1972)

  • Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016) acted as a mentor for many other artists.

  • Argentine writer Macedonio Fernandez (1874-1952) was a mentor to award-winning writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1996).

  • Composer Wlliam Flanagan (1923-1969), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music, was a mentor to Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright Edward Albee (1928-2016).

  • Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright Edward Albee (1928-2016) is a mentor to American playwright and Pulitzer Prize finalist Will Eno.

  • Canadian Aboriginal artist, educator and political activist Alex Janvier, often referred to as "an original member of the Native Group of Seven," has been called a giant of his time and has served as a major influence and mentor to a new generation of Aboriginal artists.

  • Award-winning Canadian poet and founder of the Edmonton Poetry Festival Alice Major has been described as an inspiration to other writers and a mentor to literary and arts organizations.

  • Canadian visual artist Cris Cran, and the first Albertan to have his work shown in the National Gallery of Canada, is known to be a mentor to emerging artists in Calgary.

  • Canadian artist and musician with a degree in early childhood education Bob Turner (1944-2017) was a described as a person who had a "sense of humour that would have made a middle schooler wince" was also known as a mentor for other artists.

  • Acclaimed and internationally recognized multi-media, visual annd installation artist as well as writer, Joane Cardinal-Schubert is known as a mentor and advocate for Indigenous art.

  • A Protege Award has been established on behalf of Toronto-born Canadian artist and filmmaker Joyce Wieland (1930-1998) and recipients play a mentorship role and are given an opportunity to create a work of art. Ms. Wieland was a mentor to artist Munro Ferguson.

  • Holland-born Canadian artist Albert Franck (1899-1973) was a mentor to Toronto-born Canadian artist and a founding member of eh Abstract Expressionists group Painters Eleven, Harold Town (1924-1990).

  • Award-winning Saskatchewan-born Canadian literary giant, short story writer, and author of No Great Mischief Alistair MacLeod (1936-2014) was descibed as a mentor by other writers, served as a mentor at Humber School for Writers, and was the inspiration of the development of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program for developing writers in Nova Scotia.

  • Canadian shipyard founder and owner, engineer and author Arthur McLaren (1919-1999) is a mentor to award-winning Canadian master model boat builder Ron Burchett.

  • Hong Kong-born Canadian editor, poet, photographer, activist and founder of Ricepaper magazine Jim Wong-Chu (1949-2017) was according to obituary writer Tom Hawthorn, a "tireless promoter of Asian-Canadian writing" and that his "greatest influence was as a mentor to other storytellers."

  • Dallas, Texas-born Canadian American children's book author Janet Lunn (1928-2017) was, according to co-author Christoper Moore, former chair of the Writer's Union of Canada, "was a model of what a Canadian writer should be. She was righteous and full of imagination and empathy, and brave as a lion. She became an inspiration and mentor to many other writers..."

  • Award-winning American writer William Kittridge is a mentor to New York-born author and journalist William Finnegan, the author of Barbarian Days, the Pulitizer Prize winner for autobiography and a memoir of his surfing days; and American journalist and author Bryan DiSalvatore, the author of A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward.

  • California surfer and physician Mark "Doc" Renneker is a mentor to author and New York-born author and journalist William Finnegan, the author of Barbarian Days, the Pulitizer Prize winner for autobiography and a memoir of his surfing days.

  • Award-winning American Disney "imagineer," author, Cast Member and the man most responsible for bringing Disney's theme parks to life, Martin Sklar (1934-2017) was a mentor to Walt Disney (1901-1966). Mr. Sklar and his wife were two of the founders of the Ryman Program for Young Artists, a project set up by a nonprofit foundation to teach and mentor traditional drawing and painting skills to talented young artists in Southern California.

  • NY Times journalist, media columnist and media teacher David Carr (1957-2015) is a mentor to NY Times tech columnist Nick Bilton and author of American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road. Mr. Bilton said of his late mentor, "David taught me so much about journalism and storytelling ('Keep typing until it turns into writing'), and I'll be forever grateful for the years I got to spend with him." Others David Carr mentored provide details about the lessons they learned from their mentor in this article by Mikaela Lefrak in The Atlantic.

  • Amereican book publisher Matthew Shear (1955-2013) is a mentor to NY Times best-selling and award-winning California-born American lawyer and author Kristin Hannah.

  • Award-winning British author, editor, soldier, poet and science fiction novelist who wrote more than 100 books, Brian Aldiss (1925-2017); and British author of fantasy novels Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) were mentors to British writer of novels and comic books Neil Gaiman.

  • German-born university professor who specialized in Native American and Native Canadian studies, Hartmut Lutz is a mentor to writer Kerstin Knopf, the author of Decolonizing the Lens of Power: Indigenous Films in North America.

  • American journal publisher, coach and scholar Russ Volckmann (1936-2017) is a mentor to journal editor and scholar Eric Reynolds.

  • Ontario-born award-winning Canadian poet and novelist, university professor, and leader of residential poetry workshops at the Banff Centre Don Coles (1927-2017) is a mentor to many other writers including American-born Canadian poet, playwright Giller Prize winning novelist Michael Redhill and Ontario-born Canadian hockey legend, politician, businessman, lawyer and officer of the Order of Canada Ken Dryden. Mr. Redhill said of his mentor, "He gave me the courage to try to be better. What he said to me about my young poems, face to face, and later in life, the many different conversations and e-mails I had with him that sent me running to the bookshelf or the bookstore. The depth of his knowledge, and the certainty he held in the importance of poetry, excited my intellect every time I encountered him." And Mr. Dryden said his mentor "made me feel that what I was trying to do was worthwhile, I had no critical eye-no idea what was good and what wasn't. He made me believe that no matter how ragged my work, there was something there. That I was getting there and would get there."

  • Oregon-born Canadian business journalist, editor and publisher, member of the Order of Canada and university journalism professor Doreen McKenzie Sanders (1921-2017) was described as a "mentor, role model and cheerleader for generations of women who came after." She was the first woman to serve as president of the Business Press Editors Association and a board member of the Canadian Business Press Association. After her retirement she created "Women in the Lead," an organization that published a national directory of Canadian women whose professional expertise and experience made them top candidates for appointments to corporate boards. One of the women she mentored, Carine MacDonald, a former elected political minister in British Columbia, said of her mentor, "I continued to value her as a mentor, now with sharper elbows, honed by impatience. Over lunches near her home in Vancouver, the new elderly Doreen provided provocative, challenging and insightful feedback on my leadership. She always expected the best and she always expected more." Another woman she mentored, investment specialist Mary Lamont said, "she was my mentor since the age of 12...She mentored and encouraged me then and throughout the six decades that we were friends."

  • Retired CBC Radio host Rick Cluff is a mentor to CBC producer Theresa Duvall, who said, "He's a mentor when you need him to be a mentor; he's a shoulder to lean on and cry on when you need that as well. He's the person to rally the team and to make us all burst out laughing when we need a good laugh. I laugh everyday at work and he's a huge part of that."

  • Canadian co-founder of a publishing house, an early champion of Canadian writers, the co-founder of the first all-Canadian book-of-the-month club, and a writer of several non-fiction historical books Carol Martin is revered as a mentor and has been elevated to the Companion of the Order of Canada.

  • Award-winning Vancouver-based Canadian playwright Marcus Youssef is a mentor to actor, playwright and dramaturg Christine Quintana.

  • Toronto-born illustrator and painter Jack Bush (1909-1977) was mentored by New York-born American art critic Clement Greenberg (1909-1994).

  • British-born Canadian poet, novelist and logger Peter Trower (1930-2017) was described in his obituary as "a mentor to street poets, including Evelyn Lau, a drug-addicted, teenaged prostitute whose work deeply impressed him. He put her in touch with book agent Denise Bukowski, and Ms. Lau's Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid launched a notable literary career."

  • French-born humanist photographer, who pioneered candid and street photography Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was a mentor to Shanghai-born British-Canadian photographer Sam Tata (1911-2005). Mr. Tata learned from his mentor: "I do not believe in the 'machine gun technique' – shooting aimlessly – where you might come up with a few worthwhile shots. It is necessary that you familiarize yourself with the event in advance, find out what, how and where it will happen. Be informed about your subject and be alive to what is happening. Above all, learn to 'feel' with the event and learn to observe and to see."

  • Canadian photojournalists Bil Lingard and Cliff Buckman were mentors to Toronto-born award-winning photographer known as "the father of Canadian photojournalism" and one of the first photographers to use 35mm film Ted Grant.

  • Alert Bay, British Columbia-born Musqueam artist, a majory contributor to Coast Salish peoples art and an Officer of the Order of Canada Susan Point said in an interview: "My elders were my main guides and mentors — particularly my uncle, Dominic Point, and my mother, Edna Grant-Point. As well, there was Michael Kew at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Peter McNair at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, and Bill Holmes at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, all of whom are now retired."

  • Toronto-born, award-winning Canadian painter and designer A.J. Casson (1898-1992) was mentored by The Group of Seven, only to later escape their influence in order to develop his own art.

  • The New Generation Photography Award is provided by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada and awards young Canadians a cash prize, a chance to exhibit their work and mentoring by curators and production staff at the Canadian Photography Institute.

  • South African born Canadian photographer Jennifer Dickson devotes "a generour portion of her time mentoring young artists..."

  • Award-winning Victoria, BC-based, Prussia-born Expressionist painter, printmaker and sculptor Herbert Siebner (1925-2003), a founding member of the Society of Limners; Calgary, Alberta-born Canadian architect and Expressionist painter Maxwell Bates (1906-1980), a prisoner of the Germans throughout WWII; German expressionist painter Max Beckmann (1884-1950); Vienna-born, Canadian artistRichard Ciccimarra (1924-1973), who at one time was married to environmental advocate and author Vicky Husband and committed suicide during a trip to Greece; and British-born Canadian painter Jack Shadbolt (1909-1998) were all mentors to award-winning Canadian artist Michael Morris, who recalled that while at art school in Vancouver, BC, Mr. Shadbolt "sat him down and said, 'You've got some talent, but you've had this influence of all these Europeans such as Siebner and Ciccimarra. They all had to learn how to be Canadian. Forget everything they ever taught you." Morris ignored this advice.

  • French writer, poet, anti-fascist and founder of Surrealism André Breton (1896-1966) was a mentor to Quebec-born Canadian Surrealist sculptor Jean Benoît (1922-2010).

  • Jean Sutherland Boggs (1922-2014), former Director of the National Gallery of Canada, was a mentor to Lori Pauli, now Curator of Photographs. Ms. Pauli was a young Master's student when Ms. Boggs hired her for the team preparing the Degas exhibition. Ms. Pauli said, "She was a real mentor to all of us. In fact three of the handpicked curators working on the 'Degas team' — Henri Loyrette, Douglas Druick and Gary Tinterow — have gone on to become directors of major international art museums. It's a wonderful inheritance they gained from her."

  • One of Canada's foremost modernist painters Montreal-born James Wilson Morrice (1865-1924) was at one-time while living in France, mentored by French landscape painter Henri Harpignies (1819-1916).

  • Award-winning, Hamilton, Ontario-born artist and photographer Margaret Watkins (1884-1969) was mentored by Clarence White (- 1925). The website of the National Gallery of Canada says, "Towards the end of her life, Watkins — tight-lipped about her past as a photographer — handed a sealed box containing all her photographs to her neighbour Joseph Mulholland, with strict instructions to open it only after her death. During his last visits, Mulholland found her constantly listening to classical radio. Watkins died in November 1969, leaving most of her estate to music charities. It is only since Mulholland started exhibiting her works himself that this important Canadian photographer has come to the attention of institutions such as the Gallery, finally receiving her due with a major exhibition."

  • Austrian modernist composer and painter Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was a mentor to Austrian artist and "psychologically insightfu"l portrait painter Richard Gerstl (1883-1908), who killed himself he had an affair with his mentor's wife.

  • Award-winning, Missouri-born American science fiction novelist Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) was a mentor to Louisiana-born science fiction novelist and computer advice columnist Jerry Pournelle (1933-2017).

  • Aspen, Colorado-born The New Yorker magazine founder, journalist and managing editor Harold Ross (1892-1951); and Chicago-born American magazine editor William Shawn (1907-1992), who succeeded Mr. Ross, were mentors to New York-born innovative American journalist Lillian Ross (1918-2017). Mr. Ross once said, "Editing is the same as quarrelling with writers - the same thing exactly."

  • Chinese video artist Zhang Peili is a mentor to Chinese video artist Kan Xuan.

  • German-born American artist and educator Joseph Albers (1888-1976), American designer, author and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), and American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) were mentors to California-born American sculptor Ruth Asawa (1926-2013), who started learning art while living in internment camps (because her Japanese immigrant parents has been interned) in California and Arkansas and has many public projects in San Francisco and other museums.

  • Austrian-born American psychiatrist and neurologist Viktor Frankl (1905-1997), the author of Man's Search for Meaning and a Holocaust survivor was a mentor to Auschwitz survivor and therapist Edith Eva Eger, the author of The Choice: Embrace the Possible..

  • Art collector and media mogul S.I. Newhouse (1927-2017) was a mentor to art adviser and former auctioneer Tobias Meyer.

  • Multi-award winning American psychotherapist, syndicated columnist and author of The Happy Couple: How to Make Happiness a Habit One Little Loving Thing at a Time Barton Goldsmith calls American psychiatrist, author, businessman and media personality Dr. David Viscott (1938-1996) his mentor.

  • New York City-born fashion photographer and WWII freelance photographer Toni Frissell (1907-1988), who created the idea of posing models wearing evening gowns out-of-doors, rather than inside studios, was a mentor to New Jersey-born advertising designer and leading fashion photographer Virignia Thoren (1920-2017).

  • Teen Vogue final editor in chief of the print version Elaine Welteroth is a mentor to Teen Vogue columnist, blogger and writer Arabelle Sicardi.

  • Austrian symbolist painter Gustave Klimt (1862-1918) was a mentor to Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele (1890-1918).

  • Prize-winning Tennessee-born poet, educator and literary critic John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974), known as a mentor to a generation of students, and Michigan-born American poet and Pulitizer Prize-winner Theodore Roethke (1908-1963) were mentors to Ohio-born, Pulitizer-Prize-winning American poet James Wright (1927-1980). Mr. Wright's son, Franz Wright (1953-2015) also won the Pulitizer Prize for poetry.

  • Idaho-born Canadian sculptor Frances Loring (1887-1968), who created some of Canada's most famous public figure sculptures; and Illinois-born Canadian sculptor and designer Florence Wyle (1881-1968) were mentors to Windsor, Ontario-born sculptor and artist Frances Gage (1924-2017), the creator of the first statue to commemorate Canada's servicewoman, Jenny Wren, commissioned by the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (known as the Wrens), and who worked secretly during WWII intercepting enemy code from submarine and maritime communications.

  • Russian-born American educator, author, columnist and journalist Max Lerner (1902-1992) was a mentor to magazine publisher and Illinois-born American businessman Hugh Hefner (1926-2017) who was considered a mentor to San Diego, California-born American television personality, model, author and businesswoman Kendra Wilkinson and Illinois-born American actress, model, author, screenwriter and TV host Jenny McCarthy.

  • German sculptor Auguste Rodin was a mentor to poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who in turn was a mentor to the young poet Franz Kappus as despicted in his work, Letters to a Young Poet. Rilke's biographer, Rachel Corbett, told the CBC that Rilke's quest to find a mentor started with him throughly researching Rodin; then meeting him in his studio where he gained permission to shadow the sculptor. "He wanted someone who had a work ethic to live by—not just a talent to learn from, but a way of living to learn from. He found that in Rodin, because Rodin was utterly disciplined. At the time, Rilke was thinking of art as a really big thing. He was thinking too big, too broad. He was looking at love and death, and he was coming out of the German Romantic tradition, which is big and sentimental. He was trying too hard, and his early poems are really gushy love poems that are a bit embarrassing, really. Rodin made equally big work, but that's not how he started. He started with a fingertip, then a finger, then a hand, and the meaning came later. The meaning came out of the doing. Rodin taught Rilke to start small, to start with an object and observe it and then as you build upon it, art results."

  • Orilla, Ontario-born Canadian artist, industrial designer and co-founder and member of the Group of Seven, Franklin Carmichael (1890-1945) was a mentor to Winnipeg-born Academy Award winning Canadian animator Grant Munro (1923-2017).

  • Los Angeles-born and Los Angeles radio legend Cliff Winston (1954-2017) was a mentor to Michael Stradford, who said of his mentor, "It was a privilege to work with Cliff, who always kept us laughing, and stayed positive during times when he probably shouldn't have. He was a great support to me and was always there with smart suggestions on how to make the station better and rarely, if ever, said 'no' to anything I asked him to do. Working at The Beat was often challenging and I'm grateful for his willingness to be whatever he was called on to be. A lesser person would've signed off long before he did. When we were getting stymied in our efforts to have a presence in the community, Cliff connected me with Jim Brown, who opened many doors for us and also became a valued mentor to me."

  • Known as the greatest portrait painter of the Northern Renaissance, German painter Hans Memling (1430-1494) was a mentor to Iowa-born artist Grant Wood (1891-1942), the painter of the iconic American Gothic, was a mentor to award-winning painter and teacher Arnold Pyle (1908-1973); Iowa-born ophthalmic photography artist Lee Allen (1910-2006).

  • Piedmont, California-born motivational speaker, psychotherapist and writer Richard Carlson (1961-2006), the author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff... and it's all Small Stuff:Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life, was a mentor to thousands. He said, "There will always be problems and challenges to meet, but I no longer use them to postpone my happiness."

  • Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist Dame Muriel Spark (1918-2006) was mentored by British novelist Graham Greene (1904-1991). Dame Muriel said: "I wrote about Miss Brodie [The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie]. We were given to write about how we spent our summer holidays, but I wrote about how she spent her summer holidays instead. It seemed more fascinating."

  • American author and former SEAL, Will Mackin, the author of Bring Out the Dog, considers Texas-born American short story author and novelist George Saunders as his mentor.

  • One of America's greatest visual artists and realist painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) is a mentor to American realist painter Bo Bartlett.

  • American short-story writer and poet Raymond Carver (1938-1988) considered his mentor to be American novelist, university professor and literary critic John Gardner (1933-1982).

  • North Carolina-born American radio personality, news announcer and official scorekeeper of NPR's satirical radio quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! Carl Kassell (1934-2018) is a mentor to former news director Paul Brown, who said of his mentor, "He was a mentor to everyone in that newsroom. He set an example that I wanted to follow and I think everyone else wanted to follow in terms of straightforward story structure and writing outstanding delivery that anyone could hear whether they were in a noisy kitchen or an automobile or a quiet room. You could hear what Carl was saying. He knew how to use his voice, and [had] a sense of commitment to the story, so that you wanted to keep listening."

  • French poet, author and politician born in Martinique Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) was a mentor to Martinique-born psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary Frantz Fanon (1925-1961).

Poets Often Act As Cross-Gender Mentors To Other Poets
WCW

William Carlos Williams

EB

Elizabeth Bishop

 

RPW

Robert Penn Warren

 

MM

Marianne Moore

 

TR

Theodore Roethke

 

CK

Carolyn Kizer

 

WS

Wallace Stevens

 

AG

Alan Ginsberg

 

AG

Samuel Beckett

 

AG

Edna St. Vincent-Millay

 


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