Personal: Born April 16, 1926, in Oxford, North Carolina; son of Max I. (a merchant) and Fannie (Cohen) Weiss; married; 4 children.
Education: University of North Carolina, B.A., 1949; Columbia University, M.A., 1951, Ed.D., 1952.
Office (c. 1983): Department of English, Jersey City State College.
Career: High school teacher in Chase City, Va., 1949-50; New York Board of Education, NYC, research assistant in Guidance Division, 1951-52; Rhodes Preparatory School, NYC, director of remedial reading, 1952-56; Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio, associate professor of English and director of reading improvement, 1956-58; Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, assistant professor of secondary education, 1958-61; Jersey City State College, Jersey City, N.J., professor of English, reading and language arts, 1961-68, Distinguished Service Professor of Communication, 1968---. President, Montclair Public Library Board of Trustees, 1976-79. Consultant to McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1967, Dell Publishing Co., Inc., 1968, Odyssey Press, Inc., 1968, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc., 1972, and Paperback Sales, Inc.; principal consultant to "Literature and the Urban Experience" project, Rutgers Univ., 1981-83.
Military Service: U.S. Naval Reserve, 1944-46.
Member: International Reading Association (chairman of committee on adolescent literature, 1976-78; chairman of committee on reading and the arts, 1978-81), National Council of Teachers of English (president of Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, 1974-75), College Reading Association (president, 1964-65; chairman of media commission, 1982-83), American Personnel and Guidance Association, National Education Association, American Association of University Professors (president of Jersey City State College chapter, 1974-76), Conference on College Composition and Communication, Student Personnel Association for Teacher Education, New Jersy Education Assoc., Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi.
Awards, Honors: Distinguished service awards from College Reading Associaion, 1973, Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, National Council of Teachers of English, 1976, and New Jersey Reading Association, 1979; Elliott Landau Award, 1977.
"Guidance through Drama", Whiteside, 1954.
"A Guide to Play Selection", Appleton, 1958, 3rd ed. (co-author).
"Reading in the Secondary Schools", Odyssey, 1961 (editor).
"An English Teacher's Reader", Odyssey, 1961 (editor).
"Man and War", Dell, 1963 (editor).
"Ten Short Plays", Dell, 1963 (editor).
"The Unfinished Journey: Themes from Contemporary Literature", McGraw, 1967.
"Tales Out of School", Dell, 1967 (editor).
"Kaleidoscope", Cummings, 1970 (compiler).
"Man to Himself", Cummings, 1970.
"New Perspectives on Paperbacks", College Reading Assoc., 1972 (editor).
"Books to Grow On: A Paperback Library", Random House, 1976.
"The American Way of Laughing", Bantam, 1977 (compiler).
"From Writers to Students: The Pleasures and Pains of Writing", International Reading Association, 1979 (editor).
"More Tales Out of School", Bantam, 1980 (co-author)
"Books I Have Read When I Was Young", Avon, 1980 (co-author).
Contributor to various periodicals, including:
"Journal of the National Association of Deans of Women"
"Journal of Developmental Reading"
"Studies in the Mass Media"
"Media and Methods"
Etc., etc., etc............