Beth Luey

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Biography

Beth Luey has launched a retirement career writing about historic houses. Her first book in this new genre is House Stories: The Meanings of Home in a New England Town, to be published in September 2017 by the University of Massachusetts Press. In it, she tells the stories of people who lived in twelve houses in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, including a Japanese castaway, a self-made oil millionaire, a couple who kept the lighthouse in the harbor, a clipper-ship captain and his wife, and a Jewish immigrant who turned a shipwreck into a chain of movie theaters in the 1920s.

Her next project is two volumes on historic houses throughout Massachusetts. The first book, on the eastern half of the state, is well under way, with subjects ranging from the Adams family houses in Quincy to Edward Gorey's house in Yarmouth Port, the Alcott family houses, Mary Baker Eddy's many homes, Beauport in Gloucester, and many others. The volume on central and western Massachusetts includes the stories of Edith Wharton, Eunice Williams (the unredeemed captive of Deerfield), Elizabeth Freeman ("Mumbet"), Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson.

Ms. Luey is the author of Expanding the American Mind: Books and the Popularization of Knowledge , published by the University of Massachusetts Press, Handbook for Academic Authors, first published by Cambridge University Press in 1987 and now in its fifth edition, and of Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors, published in a new edition by the University of California Press in 2008. She has been the editor of Publishing Research Quarterly and Documentary Editing, and has served as a consulting editor or editorial board member for several other journals.

After working as an editor for university presses and textbook companies, Ms. Luey founded the Scholarly Publishing Program at Arizona State University and directed the program for more than twenty-five years. Graduates of the program hold editorial posts at university presses, journals, professional associations, trade houses, and textbook houses across the country.

Ms. Luey has been president of the Association for Documentary Editing, the International Association for Publishing Education, and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. She has served on the board of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and has served as the editor of the book series of the American Association for State and Local History. She has received numerous awards for teaching and for distinguished professional service. She holds the B.A. and A.M. from Harvard University.

A complete curriculum vitae will be provided on request.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
A narrative tour of historic houses in a small New England coastal town that invites readers over the threshold to learn each house's secrets.
A lively exploration of how nonfiction books have kept Americans learning long after leaving college
Everything scholars need to know about publishing-- "straightforward, sober, thorough, orderly, and practical"
--American Literature
Practical advice, written with experience and good cheer-- "authoritative, up-to-date, succinct, intelligent, and witty."