Charlotte Mayerson

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Biography

A writer, poet, and editor, Charlotte Mayerson grew up in New York City and was educated in its public schools. Her B.A. is from Queens College.  In addition to her writing career, Ms. Mayerson was Research Director of Book-of-the-Month Club, Senior Editor at Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, and then at Random House where she eventually became an Executive Editor. Her books include: Shadow and Light, Two Blocks Apart,  An Easy Life, Home Fires, Goin’ to the Chapel, and The Death Cycle Machine. She has just completed a new novel called Personal Property, and is working on Outlaws, a collection of poems.

Of Two Blocks Apart, one of Ms. Mayerson's earliest books, Marshall McLuhan wrote "The story of these two boys,splendidly told .... is a blazing icon of hope. "
Martin Duberman wrote, "Charlotte Mayerson ... has done a real service in making the two separate worlds of these boys alive and concrete, and in showing us how much both might profit if only allowed to join."

In the years since the publication of Two Blocks Apart, Mayerson's books have continued to garner enthusiastic reviews and a loyal following.

Selected Works

Poems
The Death Cycle Machine
The poems are stark, without sentimentality or pathos, alive with anger, sorrow, terror and pity.
Non-Fiction
Goin’ to the Chapel
Vividly explores young women’s dreams and expectations of marriage and compares them to their later married lives.
Non-fiction
Two Blocks Apart.
The very different lives of two New York boys.
Fiction
Home Fires
This funny and moving tale of friendship between a black woman and a white woman of the 1950s and 60s has a lot to say about who we are now and how we got from there to here.
An Easy Life
A novel of an unlikely love affair.
Biography
Shadow and Light.
The life and career of the painter, Maurice Sterne

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