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1907-1926

1907 May 4
Lincoln Edward Kirstein is born in Rochester, New York, second of the three children (Mina Stein Kirstein Curtiss, George Garland Kirstein) of Louis Edward and Rose (Stein) Kirstein; named after Abraham Lincoln.

1912
The Kirstein family moves to Boston.

1920
April With his cousin Nathaniel Woolf attends ballet for the first time, seeing Pavlova's Boston performances.

1921 June
Completes his elementary education at the Edward Devotion School, Brookline, Massachusetts.

1921 Fall-Spring 1922
Attends Phillips Exeter Academy, where he meets James Agee. First publication, "The Silver Fan" (a play set in Tibet), in the Phillips Exeter Monthly.

1922
First of regular summer visits to London and the Continent. In this and subsequent summers meets John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster, others of the Bloomsbury circle, and the Sitwells; attends the London seasons of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

1922 Fall-Spring 1924
Attends the Berkshire School, Sheffield, Massachusetts, where he meets George Platt Lynes.

1924 Summer
Meets and studies with G. I. Gurdjieff in Fontainebleau.

1925
Works in the Boston stained-glass factory of Charles J. Connick.

1926 Fall
Enters Harvard University; studies under S. Foster Damon, humanist and Blake scholar; is awarded a prize for freehand drawing.

1926 Winter
Becomes active in New York. Meets Muriel Draper, Carl Van Vechten, and others.


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