An expert in editing, writing and conducting research, Marjorie A. Flory has been a freelance writer and editor in New York City since 1985, having previously garnered over 50 years of experience in the literary profession. Commencing her career as a library assistant with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in 1951, a role she held for one year, she subsequently served Reader’s Digest in multiple capacities, including as a researcher from 1953 to 1960, associate editor from 1960 to 1980, and senior editor from 1980 to 1985. As a freelancer, Ms. Flory served as the longtime editor of Fourth Write Press in Shelburne, VT, from 1993 to 2010 and was an interpreter for the New York Road Runners from 1998 to 2000. Earlier in her career, she tutored for Volunteer Services for Children.
Earning a Bachelor of Arts in French from Smith College and completing postgraduate coursework in comparative literature at Columbia University, Ms. Flory served as a board member of the Smith College Club from 2003 to 2005 and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society while pursuing her undergraduate studies. In the latter portion of her career, she impressively served as the editor of “More Cooking with Pecans” and co-author of “Reel Life/Real Life,” a video guide which evaluated movies in relation to complex situations ranging from aging to substance abuse. The four authors collaborated
with their expertise in social work, education and journalism to compile more than 700 in-depth reviews of films, including early cinema and contemporary releases. In addition, she was the copy editor for “Made in Italy” in 1988.
Citing meeting new and interesting people as a highlight of her career, Ms. Flory is an advocate of social change and believes that women should not be barred from their pursuits due to their gender. She attributes her profound success to her inherent interest in her profession, noting that she has always been a quick and efficient learner.
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