Simple black cover of the Louise Nevelson book.

I began to freelance for Harry N. Abrams, Inc., a company known for its elegant art books, while working at Arts Magazine in New York. Eight years later, after Harcourt Brace left New York, I did more work for them and several museum books.

Selected Titles

Nevelson’s World by Jean Lipman. A survey of the life and work of the American sculptor Louise Nevelson. Edited. Hudson Hills Press for the Whitney Museum of American Art.

sculptures by Nevelson

Whitney Museum, Wikipedia

Photography in California: 1945-1980 by Louise Katzman. Catalog and trade book an exhibition covering the work of fifty of the state’s most creative photographers. Edited the manuscript. Hudson Hills Press for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The Prints of Louis Lozowick by Janet Flynn. Catalogue raisonné of the twentieth-century American painter and graphic artist. Edited the manuscript and checked the picture program. Hudson Hills Press for the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

works by Lozowick

National Gallery of Art

Willem De Kooning by Gabriela Drudi. The life and work of the Dutch-born American artist. Edited the manu­script and checked the translation against the Italian original for Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

article about De Kooning, Smithsonian Magazine

works by De Kooning

The Villas and Country Houses of Mies van der Rohe by Wolf Tegethoff. An examination of the Barcelona Pavilion and other works. Edited the manuscript and checked the translation against the German original for The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

“the most important contribution to Mies scholarship to date.”

Ada Louise Huxtable, The New York Times, 1985

Mies van der Rohe, images

Barcelona Pavilion, images

The Museum of Modern Art


Cover of <em>The Modern Researcher</em>.

Between 1974 and 1982, I developed more than twenty textbooks for the College Department of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. This involved analyzing manuscripts, suggesting changes and additions, line editing, and overseeing the layout and the picture program. I even took some of the photographs.

I was the only one in the department who had editorial, design, and production experience—one reason why my books always came in under budget.

Selected Titles

The Modern Researcher (3rd ed.) by Jacques Barzun and Henry F. Graff. Also published as a trade book.

C’est la vie (3rd ed.) by Paul and Beverly Pimsleur, a second-year reader for students of French.

The Living Tradition by Henry Vyverberg, a humanities textbook that covered the visual arts, architecture, and music.

Medical Spanish by Maria De Lorenzo and Thomas Kearon, a textbook for medical students and doctors.

Mosaico de la vida by Francisco Jiménez, a second-year Spanish reader in which all the stories were written by Hispanic authors in the United States.

Psychology and Language by Herbert and Eve Clark, an early, major, and very complete book about psycho­linguistics.

Visual Art by James M. Carpenter, an introduction to art that covers many cultures and techniques.


Cover of a textbook for teaching Spanish

In school publishing, editors are usually really the writers (although they are rarely credited as such). I was a principal writer/editor on a few textbooks and teacher's guides, and have edited or been a contributing writer on many other projects.

Selected Projects

English and American Literature, grades 7-12, Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Edited parts of the Teacher Edition. Wrote notes on the illustrations in the Pupil Edition.

Reading (English),  grades 7-12, Prentice Hall. Wrote multi­cultural essays for the Pupil Edition.

Reading  (Spanish),  grades 3-5, Macmillan/ McGraw-Hill. For the bilingual Teacher Editions: line and copyedited, conformed English and Spanishtexts, proofed both versions, translated Spanish stories.

Science,  grade 5, Harcourt Brace. Edited part of the Pupil Edition. Extensive rewriting.

Social Studies,  grade 4, Steck-Vaughn. Wrote and edited the Pupil Edition for special-education students. Created the sample pages.

Spanish, high school, Scott, Foresman. Writer and editor for the Pupil Editions of this three-book series. Wrote cultural notes for the Teacher Edition and took photographs used in Pupil Editions. The series captured more than fifty percent of the U.S. high-school market.

Spanish audio tapes for third-year high-school Spanish, Glencoe. Fifty scripts designed to review specific vocabulary and grammar—but written to sound like authentic (and amusing) radio programs.


Spain’s American Weekly Guidepost, Madrid

Cover of a Guidepost issue.

Guidepost, an English-language weekly in Madrid, was created in the 1950s for the military families at the nearby American Air Force base, but soon expanded to serve the growing number of tourists and expatriates.

I worked there on and off for about six years. Although I never held the title of managing editor of Guidepost, I put together 30 or 40 issues while editors were on vacation or otherwise occupied. Guidepost was an excellent introduction to the hands-on side of publishing. And although the days of letter­press and photo­gravure are long gone, much of what I learned there still applies to the Web.

Arts Magazine

Arts Magazine, New York, launched in 1926, was one of the four major art magazines in the United States in the early seventies.

I was hired in 1970 to put together an anthology about contemporary Spanish art. When it was delayed, I began to copyedit the magazine. About a year later I also took on the design and production of advertisments, and then the layout and production work of the whole magazine.

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I also edited some monthly magazines for Spanish hotel chains and was a writer and editor for two Spanish-language magazines for American students.

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