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Jess Stein, American publisher, editor. Recipient Wayne State University Alumni award, 1969; recipient Corporation Leadership award, 1982.


Stein, Jess was born on June 23, 1914 in New York City. Son of Elias and Regina (Goldenberg) Stein.


AB, Wayne State University, 1933. Master of Arts, University Chicago, 1934. Postgraduate, University Chicago, 1936.


Editor Scott Foresman & Company, Chicago, 1934-1942. With Office of Censorship, Washington, 1942-1945, Random House, Incorporated, New York York City, 1945-1980, head college and reference departments, 1950-1959, vice president, 1959-1980, editor-in-chief emeritus, 1980-1984, director, 1967-1974. Vice president Alfred A. Knopf, Incorporated, New York York City, 1967-1974.

President Jess Stein Associates, 1974-1984. President Bookmark Public Associates, Ltd., 1980-1984. Consultant International Reading Association, 1976-1981, University Massachusetts Press, 1975-1979.

Member advisory committee Scarsdale Adult School, 1980-1983, trustee, 1983-1984. Director L.W. Singer Company, New York City, Random House Canada Ltd., Toronto, RH School and Library Services, Inc.



Member White Plains (New York ) City Democratic Committee, 1954-1958, Westchester County (New York ) Democratic Committee, 1956-1958. Member government advisory committee on international book programs United States Department State, 1964-1967. Adviser proposed Hall of Fame, Jerusalem, 1976-1984.

Member American Textbook Publications Institute (director 1961-1964, treasurer 1964), Linguistic Society of America, National Council Teachers English, College Public Group (chairman 1960-1961), Modern Language Association, Dictionary Society of America, College English Association, Dialect Society, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American Civil Liberties Union, Urban League. Clubs: Dutch Treat (New York City).


Married Dorothy Gerner, March 7, 1943. Children: Regina (Mistress Bruce H. Wilson), Eric.

Elias Stein

Regina (Goldenberg) Stein

Dorothy Gerner

Regina Stein (Mistress Bruce H. Wilson)

Eric Stein