He began working the night shift 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 Eugene O'Neill's plays so much that he wrote O'Neill's biography. 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." He is also the president of The New York Times Company Foundation. Gelb retired from The New York Times in 1989 as managing editor.
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