Gelb began working the night shift at The Times as a copy boy in 1944. He ascended through the ranks, holding several titles in many different departments. His biggest impacts were while working in the drama department. He enjoyed the plays of Eugene O'Neill so much that he wrote a biography of the playwright ("O'Neill: Life with Monte Cristo", 1974, ISBN 9780060114879) with his wife Barbara Gelb. He supported the creation of the New York Shakespeare Festival by editorializing Joseph Papp's productions. He has edited a number of works such as "Great Lives of the Twentieth Century" (ISBN 978-0812916256). . Gelb retired from The Times in 1989 as managing editor. "City room" (ISBN 9780399150753), a memoir of his life and career at The Times, was published in 2003.
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