Bruno George

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Seattle, WA, United States

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Editor of novels and scholarly art books, with more than 12 years' experience. I can dig deep for a developmental edit or polish your writing in a copy edit. My MFA in creative writing is from Brown University and I have been a writing instructor at Brown, Harvard Summer School, and Brandeis University. For a sample list of specific projects, please see the portfolio below.

Testimonials
“Bruno brings extraordinary skills to our editorial projects--a keen eye for detail, sound judgment, a subtle ear for felicitous expression, an admirable knowledge of art and art history, commendable tact and diplomacy.”
—Charles Dibble, Curator, Walters Art Museum.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Bruno on numerous art books. His meticulous attention to detail quickly made him a favorite of authors and museum curators.”
—Melissa Duffes, Editorial Director, Lucia | Marquand Books.

“Bruno is an excellent copyeditor. We worked together for two years at Asymptote and he was always meticulously thorough, efficient, clear, and professional.”
—Ellen Jones, Asymptote literary journal.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Health & wellbeing
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literature
Romance

Awards

  • National Endowment for the Arts, fellowship for fiction writing

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
June, 2010 – Present (over 8 years)

Employed in editing since 1996, in-house and freelance, I work with indie authors as well as scholars and translators. I have edited art books for Yale University Press, University of California Press, and many museums.
Novels I've edited have run the gamut from crime thrillers to prize-winning literary fiction.

My MFA in creative writing is from Brown University, and I have taught writing to undergraduates at SUNY Buffalo, Brown University, Harvard Summer School, and Brandeis.

Writer

Six Red Marbles
August, 2016 – Present (about 2 years)

Write study guides on English literature for college and high school students.

Chief Copy Editor

Asymptote Journal
September, 2013 – April, 2016 (over 2 years)

Teaching Fellow

Harvard Summer School
June, 2012 – August, 2015 (about 3 years)

Technical Copy Editor

Microsoft and Vendors to Microsoft
April, 1996 – March, 2006 (almost 10 years)

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Chronicle of the Murdered House

Lúcio Cardoso

Winner of the 2017 Best Translated Book AwardLonglisted for the 2017 National Translation Award"The book itself is strange―part Faulknerian meditation on the perversities, including sexual, of degenerate country folk; part Dostoevskian examination of good and evil and God―but in its strangeness lies its rare power, and in the sincerity and seriousness with which the essential questions are pos... read more

Winner of the 2017 Best Translated Book AwardLonglisted for the 2017 National Translation Award"The book itself is strange―part Faulknerian meditation on the perversities, including sexual, of degenerate country folk; part Dostoevskian examination of good and evil and God―but in its strangeness lies its rare power, and in the sincerity and seriousness with which the essential questions are pos... read more

Radiant Terminus

Antoine Volodine

"Irreducible to any single literary genre, the Volodinian cosmos is skillfully crafted, fusing elements of science fiction with magical realism and political commentary."― Music & LiteratureThe most patently sci-fi work of Antoine Volodine's to be translated into English, Radiant Terminus takes place in a Tarkovskian landscape after the fall of the Second Soviet Union. Most of humanity has bee... read more

"Irreducible to any single literary genre, the Volodinian cosmos is skillfully crafted, fusing elements of science fiction with magical realism and political commentary."― Music & LiteratureThe most patently sci-fi work of Antoine Volodine's to be translated into English, Radiant Terminus takes place in a Tarkovskian landscape after the fall of the Second Soviet Union. Most of humanity has bee... read more

Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect

Patricia Junker, Audrey Lewis, Henry Adams, Karen Baumgartner, Chris Crosman, Mary Landa, Christine Podmaniczky, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Joyce Hill Stoner, Shuji Takahashi

An insightful and essential new survey of Wyeth’s entire career, situating the milestones of his art within the trajectory of 20th-century American life This major retrospective catalogue explores the impact of time and place on the work of beloved American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009). While previous publications have mainly analyzed Wyeth’s work thematically, this publication places him ... read more

An insightful and essential new survey of Wyeth’s entire career, situating the milestones of his art within the trajectory of 20th-century American life This major retrospective catalogue explores the impact of time and place on the work of beloved American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009). While previous publications have mainly analyzed Wyeth’s work thematically, this publication places him ... read more

Barbara Takenaga

Debra Bricker Balken

This in-depth assessment explores the work of Barbara Takenaga whose detailed, mystical paintings draw from a wide range of sources from Japanese prints to Op Art. At once conceptual and decorative, Barbara Takenaga’s swirling, patterned paintings have been called "psychedelic" and "cosmic." Takenaga’s approach to painting is both highly structured and disciplined. In this collection of sevent... read more

This in-depth assessment explores the work of Barbara Takenaga whose detailed, mystical paintings draw from a wide range of sources from Japanese prints to Op Art. At once conceptual and decorative, Barbara Takenaga’s swirling, patterned paintings have been called "psychedelic" and "cosmic." Takenaga’s approach to painting is both highly structured and disciplined. In this collection of sevent... read more

Pearls on a String: Art in the Age of Great Islamic Empires

Pearls on a String presents the arts of historical Islamic cultures by focusing on specific people and relationships among cultural tastemakers, especially painters, calligraphers, poets, and their patrons. Through a series of chapters, the book spotlights certain historical moments from across the Islamic world. Each chapter pivots around patrons and their social networks. These independent s... read more

Pearls on a String presents the arts of historical Islamic cultures by focusing on specific people and relationships among cultural tastemakers, especially painters, calligraphers, poets, and their patrons. Through a series of chapters, the book spotlights certain historical moments from across the Islamic world. Each chapter pivots around patrons and their social networks. These independent s... read more

Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form

Jodi Hauptman, Sharon Hecker, Tamara Schenkenberg, Matthew Witkovsky

The Italian artist Medardo Rosso (1858–1928) was instrumental in expanding the definition of sculpture for the modern era.Focusing on everyday people as his subjects, Rosso portrayed fugitive physical or emotional states, employing innovative casting and modeling techniques in plaster, bronze and wax, his signature material. Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form features nearly 100 work... read more

The Italian artist Medardo Rosso (1858–1928) was instrumental in expanding the definition of sculpture for the modern era.Focusing on everyday people as his subjects, Rosso portrayed fugitive physical or emotional states, employing innovative casting and modeling techniques in plaster, bronze and wax, his signature material. Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form features nearly 100 work... read more

The Art of Music

A fascinating study of the relationship between music and visual art in a variety of media from around the world The Art of Music is a handsomely illustrated and rich interdisciplinary look at the mutual influence between music and the visual arts across cultures and eras. The book sheds new light on more familiar artists at the intersection of the visual and the musical, such as Wassily Kandi... read more

A fascinating study of the relationship between music and visual art in a variety of media from around the world The Art of Music is a handsomely illustrated and rich interdisciplinary look at the mutual influence between music and the visual arts across cultures and eras. The book sheds new light on more familiar artists at the intersection of the visual and the musical, such as Wassily Kandi... read more

Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer

Sarah Burns, Robert Cozzolino, Michael Lobel, M. Melissa Wolfe, Adam Desmond Zagorin

Honoré Sharrer (1920–2009) was a major art world figure in 1940s America, celebrated for exquisitely detailed paintings conveying subtly subversive critiques of the political and artistic climate of her time. This book offers the first critical reassessment of the artist: a leftist, female painter committed to figuration in an era when anti-Communist sentiment and masculine Abstract Expression... read more

Honoré Sharrer (1920–2009) was a major art world figure in 1940s America, celebrated for exquisitely detailed paintings conveying subtly subversive critiques of the political and artistic climate of her time. This book offers the first critical reassessment of the artist: a leftist, female painter committed to figuration in an era when anti-Communist sentiment and masculine Abstract Expression... read more

Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography

Telling Tales presents a survey of work by artists who record stories through pictures, whether real or imagined. Sixteen groundbreaking photographers are featured, including such greats as Gregory Crewdson, Nan Goldin, Jessica Todd Harper, Erwin Olaf and others, with photographs spanning the early 1970s to the present.While some contemporary artists explore photographic imagery as it is media... read more

Telling Tales presents a survey of work by artists who record stories through pictures, whether real or imagined. Sixteen groundbreaking photographers are featured, including such greats as Gregory Crewdson, Nan Goldin, Jessica Todd Harper, Erwin Olaf and others, with photographs spanning the early 1970s to the present.While some contemporary artists explore photographic imagery as it is media... read more

Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio

Timothy Standring

An essential new look at the diverse work and artistic methods of beloved American realist painters Andrew and Jamie Wyeth Father and son artists Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) and Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) are among the most celebrated American realist painters of the 20th century. Despite their similar habits of mind, studio practice, and rural Pennsylvania upbringing, the two artists produced strikin... read more

An essential new look at the diverse work and artistic methods of beloved American realist painters Andrew and Jamie Wyeth Father and son artists Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) and Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) are among the most celebrated American realist painters of the 20th century. Despite their similar habits of mind, studio practice, and rural Pennsylvania upbringing, the two artists produced strikin... read more

A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe

The late medieval world was marked by a culture of refinement and sophistication. The period’s media of choice—paintings, manuscripts, prints, tapestries, embroideries, ivory sculpture, metalwork, and enamels—speak volumes about the pleasures of sensory engagement. Art objects were touched, smelled, tasted, and heard, as well as seen. This sumptuous new book brings together sacred and secular ... read more

The late medieval world was marked by a culture of refinement and sophistication. The period’s media of choice—paintings, manuscripts, prints, tapestries, embroideries, ivory sculpture, metalwork, and enamels—speak volumes about the pleasures of sensory engagement. Art objects were touched, smelled, tasted, and heard, as well as seen. This sumptuous new book brings together sacred and secular ... read more

Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form

Jodi Hauptman, Sharon Hecker, Tamara Schenkenberg, Matthew Witkovsky

The Italian artist Medardo Rosso (1858–1928) was instrumental in expanding the definition of sculpture for the modern era.Focusing on everyday people as his subjects, Rosso portrayed fugitive physical or emotional states, employing innovative casting and modeling techniques in plaster, bronze and wax, his signature material. Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form features nearly 100 work... read more

The Italian artist Medardo Rosso (1858–1928) was instrumental in expanding the definition of sculpture for the modern era.Focusing on everyday people as his subjects, Rosso portrayed fugitive physical or emotional states, employing innovative casting and modeling techniques in plaster, bronze and wax, his signature material. Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form features nearly 100 work... read more

Ralph Pucci: Art of the Mannequin

Emily Orr, Barbara Gifford

Ralph Pucci is the most innovative designer in mannequin fabrication today. This volume puts Pucci in a broader context, tracking the mannequin's origin to fifteenth-century sample dolls and dress forms, while highlighting the materials, techniques and technologies that have shaped its sophistication today.

Ralph Pucci is the most innovative designer in mannequin fabrication today. This volume puts Pucci in a broader context, tracking the mannequin's origin to fifteenth-century sample dolls and dress forms, while highlighting the materials, techniques and technologies that have shaped its sophistication today.

Working Among Flowers: Floral Still-Life Painting in Nineteenth-Century France

Heather MacDonald, Mitchell Merling, Sylvie Patry

A superb exploration of the radical re-invention of the floral still life by 19th-century French painters Working Among Flowers explores the infusion of new spirit and meaning into the traditional genre of floral still-life painting in 19th-century France, even as the advent of modernism was radically transforming the art world. This beautiful book features works by more than 30 artists, inclu... read more

A superb exploration of the radical re-invention of the floral still life by 19th-century French painters Working Among Flowers explores the infusion of new spirit and meaning into the traditional genre of floral still-life painting in 19th-century France, even as the advent of modernism was radically transforming the art world. This beautiful book features works by more than 30 artists, inclu... read more

Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio

Timothy Standring

An essential new look at the diverse work and artistic methods of beloved American realist painters Andrew and Jamie Wyeth Father and son artists Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) and Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) are among the most celebrated American realist painters of the 20th century. Despite their similar habits of mind, studio practice, and rural Pennsylvania upbringing, the two artists produced strikin... read more

An essential new look at the diverse work and artistic methods of beloved American realist painters Andrew and Jamie Wyeth Father and son artists Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009) and Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946) are among the most celebrated American realist painters of the 20th century. Despite their similar habits of mind, studio practice, and rural Pennsylvania upbringing, the two artists produced strikin... read more

Zurbaran: Jacob and His Twelve Sons, Paintings from Auckland Castle

•This book dives into the details of the impressive series of paintings known as "Jacob and His Twelve Sons" by seventeenth-century master Francisco de ZurbaránThe impressive series of paintings known as "Jacob and His Twelve Sons" portrays thirteen larger-than-life-size figures by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664). Painted between 1640 and 1644, the series depicts chapter 49 of... read more

•This book dives into the details of the impressive series of paintings known as "Jacob and His Twelve Sons" by seventeenth-century master Francisco de ZurbaránThe impressive series of paintings known as "Jacob and His Twelve Sons" portrays thirteen larger-than-life-size figures by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664). Painted between 1640 and 1644, the series depicts chapter 49 of... read more

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Brian Kindall

Working with Bruno was easy and straightforward. He knows his editing, making many helpful suggestions and corrections with a sensitivity to voice that maintains the unique integrity of a manuscript. We appreciated his very reasonable rate, and hope to work with him again on the rest of this series.

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Brian Kindall, August 2018

Bruno George

Thanks, Brian! I enjoyed this novel and would happy to work on more in the series.

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