Phil has recently retired as Director of the University of Michigan Press, and is currently at work turning the living room of his Lyme Center home into a library. Phil was also the Editor of Hardscrabble Books: Fiction of New England, a division of the University Press of New England. I would say that makes him a perfect candidate for the job.
Phil is married to Mary Kelley who has been chair of the history departments at both Dartmouth and the University of Michigan. Mary is an authority on women’s reading practices in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Phil says he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, but in the past he has been the Associate Director and Editorial Director of the University Press of New England; Vice President of Simon & Schuster; Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Prentice Hall Press and Director of Anchor Books and Dial Press.
Welcome to the Readings Phil, and Thank You.