Greif, Martin

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Greif, Martin Gender: M
Martin Joel Greif
born on 4 February 1938 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Bronx, New York, 40n51, 73w54
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 14°57' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 00°03 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 07°33'

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American author and editor whose over-a-dozen books range from Depression Modern: The Thirties Style in America (1975), to The Morning Stars Sang: The Bible in Folk Art (1978), to The World of Tomorrow: The 1939 New York World's Fair (1988). He edited various chess and acrostic puzzle books in the mid 1990s prior to his death.

The son of Louis and Lillian, Martin Greif was educated at Hunter College, New York City (B.A. cum laude 1959), and Princeton University (M.A. hons. 1961). He worked as an English instructor in New York universities 1962-68, as managing editor of Time Inc. Book Clubs 1969-73, and as co-founder and editorial director at Main Street press from 1974.

Greif said, "My books are on a wide variety of subjects, almost all of them assigned to me by other people. The pleasure I take in writing a book on factory design after completing a book on Victorian Christmases, or a book on the history of homosexuality after completing a book on nineteenth-century farming is a joy in 'discovery.' I am never bored because I am always learning something new." His pseudonyms include Jean Bach, Frederick S. Copely, Leona Wesley Hunter, and Martin Lawrence.

Greif's 1982 The Gay Book of Days: An Evocatively Illustrated Who's Who of Who Is, Was, May Have Been, Probably Was, and Almost Certainly Seems to Have Been Gay during the Past 5,000 Years, written under his own name and illustrated by Samuel M. Steward (aka Phil Andros), lists the birthdays of famous gay, lesbian and bisexual people along with their pictures and witty well-documented biographies.

According to his nephew Eric Greif, Martin was "a skeptical bloke" who didn't believe in "the stars," however a summary of the characteristics of each astrological Sign appears at the start of each monthly chapter. Openly gay, Greif spent his latter years with his longtime male companion in Ireland. Eric Greif writes that he was "a romantic who loved his partner more dearly than I have known any human to love another."

He died of an AIDS-related stroke in Cork, Ireland on 17 November 1996.

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  • associate relationship with Andros, Phil (born 23 July 1909)


  • Social : End a program of study 1959 (Graduated from Hunter College)
  • Social : End a program of study 1961 (Graduated from Princeton)
  • Work : New Career 1962 (University professor, six years)
  • Work : New Career 1969 (Managing editor, Time Inc. Book Clubs, four years)
  • Work : New Career 1974 (Co-founder and editorial manager, Main Street Press)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1975 (Book released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1982 (Book released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1988 (Book released)
  • Death of Mate 1991 (Larry Grow)
  • Death by Disease 17 November 1996 in Cork (AIDS-related stroke, age 58)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth data from Eric Greif, Martin’s nephew, obtained from Martin’s father and death data from Eric, who was with him at the time; emailed in 2000.


  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex (Larry Grow, long term relationship)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (U.S. to Ireland)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay (Openly gay)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (English professor)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Editor)