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Jess Perlman
aka Philip Gray


Jess Perlman was born in New York City, graduated from City College (now City University of New York) in 1911 and received his law degree from Fordham University in 1915. He lived in Northport, New York and taught in New York City public schools from 1911 to 1915. Until his retirement he was engaged in various educational posts and professional social work. He was director of the Irene Kaufmann Settlement in Pittsburgh (1915-1916), the Jewish Educational Alliance in Baltimore (1918-1920), Jewish Philanthropies (Montreal, Quebec)(1920-1922), Jewish Board of Guardians (New York City)(1922-1927), and the Associated Guidance Bureau (New York City)(1927-1934). Perlman was the founder of Grove School, a residential psychiatric treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescents located in Madison, Connecticut and was with Grove School for twenty-two years (1934-1956). Perlman sometimes wrote using the pseudonym, Philip Gray. He also translated poetry from the modern Greek, French, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, and Yiddish, and in collaboration with others, translated Chinese, Japanese, Romanian, Hungarian, Hindi, and Urdu poetry.

[Sources: Contemporary Authors Online (Gale Group, 2000); "About the Author," dustjacket, Jess Perlman, Looking-Glasses (Boston: Braden Press, 1967)]

Perlman was a fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association and a member of the Poetry Society of America.


Jess Perlman, Looking-Glasses (Boston: Branden Press, 1967)

__________, This World, This Looking-Glass and Other Poems (Fort Smith, Arkansas: South and West, 1970)

__________, Bus to Chapingo: Fifty Random Poems (Boston: Branden Press, 1974)

__________, Poems Past Eighty (Georgetown, California: Dragon's Teeth Press, 1979)