David Emblidge is Associate Professor at Emerson College (Dept. of Writing, Literature and Publishing), where he teaches publishing courses. A primary research interest is the history and future of American bookstores. He is also writing a set of essays about major publishing snafus.
David was Acquisitions Editor at Harvard and Cambridge university presses; Executive Editor at Continuum; Publisher at Berkshire House (sold to WW Norton); Director at David Emblidge -- Book Producer; and Editor in Chief at The Mountaineers Books. Among his many edited books are Beneath the Metropolis: Secret Lives of Cities (Running Press), “My Day” Eleanor Roosevelt’s Acclaimed Columns (Da Capo), and The Appalachian Trail Reader (Oxford). His hiking guide series Exploring the Appalachian Trail (Stackpole Books) is moving into a second edition.
David’s essays and reviews have appeared in The New Republic, Saturday Review, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and scholarly journals such as Publishing Research Quarterly, LOGOS, and The International Journal of the Book. He is a contributor to The Oxford Companion to the Book.
He has been a Fulbright professor, in France, a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar at Yale, and a Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies, at Monticello. In 2007, his essay “The Palmer Method: Penmanship and the Tenor of Our Time” captured the McGinnis Prize for best nonfiction, in Southwest Review, and in 2009 David won the Rose Ethics in Communication Award at Emerson College.
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