Christopher Lehmann-Haupt has worked in the field of books all of his professional career. He began as an editor for various New York City publishing houses, among them Holt, Rinehart & Winston and The Dial Press, from where he moved in 1965 to become an editor on The Sunday New York Times Book Review. He's edited books by authors including Norman Mailer, Joanne Greenberg and David Irving. In 1969, he was appointed senior Daily Book Reviewer for The New York Times, a position he held until 2001, when he became chief obituary writer for The Times until his retirement in 2006. From 1965 until 2000, he wrote more than 4,000 book reviews and articles, on every subject from trout fishing to Persian archaeology. Since 2006 he has written obits as a freelancer for The Times, as well as taught writing at the Marymount College Writing Center, in Manhattan, and at Mount St. Vincent College in Riverdale, the Bronx, New York. He is also Editorial Director of Delphinium Books, a small publishing house concentrating on literary fiction.