Laughlin was a book publisher and poet who founded New Directions Publishing, an independent book publishing company, according to Harvard University. At The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, he showed an early interest in literature. While attending Harvard, Laughlin used money from his father to found New Directions, which he ran first from his dorm room and later from a barn on his aunt's estate in Norfolk, Conn. He died of complications related to a stroke in Norfolk.
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