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critic , editor , broadcaster , author , record producer

Paul Kresh was an American author, critic, record producer and broadcaster who specialized in spoken-word recordings. He lived and worked in Manhattan.


Paul Kresh was born on December 3, 1919 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. He was the son of Samuel and Jean (Feinsilver) Kresh.


Kresh attended Columbia University and City College of New York in 1936 and 1937. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939.


Kresh worked as a publicist for various firms throughout his career, including the National Jewish Welfare Board, United Jewish Appeal, American ORT and Richard Cohen Associates. In addition to handling publicity for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, he also edited the organization’s American Judaism magazine from 1959 to 1967. He served as vice-president of Spoken Arts, Inc. until 1970, then joined Caedmon Records for two years.

He began work as a consultant in 1981, operating Paul Kresh Communications, Inc. Author of a monthly column for several periodicals, he also was a music critic. His articles appeared in publications such as Stereo Review, High Fidelity, Audiofile, Victorian, Jewish Week, and Classical Music. He wrote the scripts for television programs, including Trial in Heaven, and he wrote the screenplay for The Day the Doors Closed, Broken Sabbath, Commitment and On the Brink of Peace.

His books included Tales Out of Congress and Isaac Bashevis Singer: The Magician of West 86th Street.


  • Kresh was a prolific writer who dabbled in various forms of the craft throughout his career. He is remembered for his work with spoken-word recordings, which captured readings by famous writers such as E. E. Cummings, Allen Ginsberg, and Gertrude Stein, among others. In addition to producing these recordings, he edited Spoken Arts Treasury of 100 Modern American Poets Reading Their Poems. The series, was released on LP and on tape.

    As a critic, he reviewed popular and classical music, as well as spoken-word recordings. He was a contributing editor of Stereo Review and the American Record Guide, and contributed record reviews to The New York Times, High Fidelity, Musical America, Ovation, Classical Music, Audiofile and Victoria.


Kresh was a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, National Academy of television Arts and Sciences, American Society of Journalists and Authors, National Society of Literature and Arts, Authors Guild, P.E.N. American Center, Writers Guild American and Audio Publications Association.


  • Other Interests

    Photography, music


Kresh was married to Florence Werner for 3 years. They got divorced on October, 1943.

Samuel Kresh

Jean (Feinsilver) Kresh

Florence Werner