A forty-year veteran of New York book and magazine publishing, Patricia Horan was the founding editor of a longstanding Crown/Random House division—Random House Value Publishing. There she developed, revised and reissued books and series, creating many perennial bestsellers. Among them are Gray’s Anatomy, the Blooper humor series, the Avenel classics and the Arthur Rackham series of distinguished children’s books.
The daughter of the late historian, novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaperman James D. Horan, Patricia has also edited books for Time-Life, Fawcett, Watson-Guptill, Viking, Penguin, and the Russell Sage Foundation, and has written or edited titles published by Crown, Grove, Viking, Marshall Cavendish, and Tarcher Penguin. For Marshall Cavendish she edited The Encyclopedia of North American Indians, which was nominated for the Dartmouth Prize, and The Encyclopedia of the Ancient and Medieval World. She has updated, edited and written new forewords for many personal growth classics, including two out of the three Napoleon Hill volumes in Your Magic Right to Be Rich
Patricia Horan was featured in The Renaissance Soul(Harmony Books) for her practice of writing and editing an unusually wide range of subjects.
The former president and creative director of a small advertising and collateral agency in New York City and the New Orleans area, Patricia Horan produced ads for all media, as well as ancillary materials and annual reports for small-business owners and entrepreneurs. She is the recipient of a Telly Award for her work in promoting the city of Natchez, (“Order a Wakeup Call for 1865”), the tourism industry of the State of Mississippi, and other Southern campaigns.
As a magazine editor, Patricia Horan has been a five-time winner of the First Award for Excellence in Labor Journalism given by annual panels of Harvard Nieman Fellows, and has been the editor of Breakthrough News, the journal of the UN NGO Global Education Association. A writer and editor for Murdoch, Times Mirror and other magazine groups, Patricia Horan was contributing, new products and back page editor for the venerable Home Mechanixmagazine, circulation 1.4 million. She was an editorial staffer, writing cover features and a regular column for New Realities magazine in San Francisco, a pioneer in the personal growth field, the magazine that introduced A Course in Miracles to the world.
As a playwright, Patricia Horan has written or contributed to nine successful New York City evenings of theater and song. She was a founding member of the pioneering and widely reviewed Westbeth Feminist Playwrights Collective, where Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman first worked together on the New York stage. She wrote the book and lyrics for an industrial musical commissioned by Hanes Hosiery that starred the late Colleen Dewhurst. She was co-author and lyricist for a documentary musical, What Time of Night It Is, commissioned by the National Organization for Women. The musical was given several productions in New York and Washington, D.C., and was recorded by Pacifica Radio. The musical starred Broadway’s Nell Carter, who was also the Musical Director and one of the composers. Of What Time of Night It Is, Gloria Steinem said, “Rarely does a play inform the mind or the heart. This play does both.
“The Village Voice reviewer wrote of the musical, “I couldn’t come down from the high. You need something to catch the overflow of spirit.”The New York Daily News called the play “A thrilling theater piece,” while The New York Times compared it favorably to the classic In White America
“The coolest I’ve ever been”
“Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective on roof of Westbeth in NYC, 1971. From left to right: Sally Ordway, Susan Yankowitz, Christina (Chryse) Maile, Dolores Walker (in front) Gwen Gunn, and Patricia Horan. Photo by Lucille Rhodes