About the Author
Since 1987, Mary Reath has been the publisher and vice president of Collectors Reprints, Inc. a company that reproduces American classics. Recent projects include The First Edition Library, a 64-volume series of first-edition reprints of American fiction, and The Library of American Poets, a series of the first editions of American poetry.
A former elementary school teacher, Reath is the author of God of the Starlight, an anthology of prayers of many faiths for children. She also served as a visiting scholar at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Her latest book, Public Lives, Private Prayers, grew out of an interest in the prayers of well-known people and how their spiritual reflections influence their life and work. "That association," Reath says, "allows one to enter into prayer in a way one wouldn't be able to do if you read the prayer cold. Knowing Desmond Tutu's history, for example, you can relate more intensely to the words he prays."
Reath and her husband, Henry, currently live in Princeton, New Jersey.