Mathews, Harry

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Mathews, Harry Gender: M
Harry Burchell Mathews
born on 14 February 1930 at 02:40 (= 02:40 AM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 24°54' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 08°26 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 14°54'

Harry Mathews
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American author of various novels, volumes of poetry and short fiction, and essays. Mathews was also a translator of the French language. Mathews invented the "Mathews' Algorithm," a method for producing literary works by transposing or permuting elements according to a predetermined set of rules.

In 1949, during a tour with the United States Navy, he eloped with the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle, a childhood friend. The couple's first child, a daughter, was born in 1950. After Mathews graduated in 1952 with a B.A. in music, the family moved to Europe; a second child, their son Phillip, was born in 1955. Mathews and de Saint Phalle separated in 1960. He later married the writer Marie Chaix, sister of singer Anne Sylvestre.

Together with John Ashbery, James Schuyler, and Kenneth Koch, Mathews founded and edited the short-lived but influential literary journal Locus Solus (named after a novel by Raymond Roussel) from 1961 to 1962.

Mathews died on 25 January 2017 in Key West, Florida from natural causes, aged 86.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Chaix, Marie (born 3 February 1942)
  • has other family relationship with Sylvestre, Anne (born 20 June 1934). Notes: Siblings-in-law


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes him in "Contemporary Authors Autobiographical Series - Volume 6" edited by Adele Sarkissian (Gale, 1987), p. 223: "I was born in New York on the Upper East Side at 2:40 a.m. on February 14, 1930." Same data in "The way home: selected longer prose" by Harry Mathews [1988] (Atlas Press, 1999), p. 153.


  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Both wives)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 86)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novels, short fiction)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Essayist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator