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Literary Consultant, Editor, & Writer

Nell Casey is the editor of three books: the national bestseller Unholy Ghost, An Uncertain Inheritance and The Journals of Spalding Gray. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Slate, Salon, Elle, Town & Country and O: The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. Her fiction has been published in One Story magazine. She is a founding member of Stories at the Moth, a non-profit storytelling organization. She has also worked at several national magazines as a Features Editor, including Elle, Mirabella, Cookie, Fitness and Self. She lives in Rome, Italy with her husband and two children.

"Private secrets within performed secrets, unspoken confessions behind the public ones: that is what emerges from the pages of Spalding Gray's journals, a document of wrenching and exhilarating honesty, shot through with self-hatred but also with unremitting humor and irony. ... The book has been superbly edited and annotated by Nell Casey; she also provides an excellent introduction."

-- Daphne Merkin, Bookforum (Sept./Oct./Nov. 2011)


"Nell Casey is a brilliant and meticulous editor--one of the finest I've worked with. Her thoughtful, intelligent queries and eagle-eye pushed me farther than I thought I could go. Anyone would be lucky to work with her."

-- Helen Schulman, Author of This Beautiful Life

"What I love about working with Nell Casey is that she brings a variety of disparate and essential qualities to her editing including attention, patience, empathy, and literary skill. She is immensely open to what I'm trying to say, to all underlying ideas and emotions, but is also tough and clear about what it takes to communicate to the reader on the page. In our most intensive work together, I came away feeling--and this is perhaps the only time in my writing life that I've felt this--that the work was absolutely as good as it could have been."

-- Joshua Wolf Shenk,
Author of Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged A President and Fueled His Greatness

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