One of the thrills of my work with words and pictures has been compiling anthologies pairing fine writing with remarkable art. During my tenure as senior editor for art books at Bulfinch Press, I prepared three anthologies for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, as well as One Hundred Saints, which remains on the Little, Brown list more than twenty years after its first printing. The first major commission for the newly founded Vernon Press (later Vern Associates), was a collection of four biblical texts illuminated with details from great works of painting.
My personal favorite is Noble Beasts, a collection of poetry and prose about animals that I selected to coincide with works of art from the National Gallery. Organized from wildest to tamest, it drew upon three of my passions—fine writing, the visual arts, and animals—to tell stories both witty and bold.
- Noble Beasts: Animals in Art, National Gallery of Art (Bulfinch Press, 1994)
- The Easter Story, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (Bulfinch Press, 1992)
- A Renaissance Christmas, National Gallery of Art (Bulfinch Press, 1991)
- One Hundred Saints: Their Lives and Likenesses Drawn from Butler’s “Lives of the Saints” and Great Works of Western Art (Bulfinch Press, 1994)
- The Pocket Devotionals (4 titles):
A Joyful Noise • The Christmas Story • In the Beginning • Magnificat (Henry Holt, 1996)