Mary Norris (copy editor)

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Mary Norris
Born (1952-02-07) February 7, 1952 (age 66)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Alma materRutgers University
University of Vermont
OccupationCopy editor, writer, author

Mary Norris (born February 7, 1952) is an American author, writer and copy editor for The New Yorker.

Early life[edit]

Mary Norris was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Rutgers University in 1974. She earned a masters in English from the University of Vermont.[1]


Norris joined the editorial staff at The New Yorker in 1978. She has been a query proofreader at the magazine since 1993. She has also been a contributor to "The Talk of the Town" and The New Yorker website.[2][3][4]

Her first book, Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, was published by W. W. Norton & Co on April 6, 2015.[5][6] Norris was a finalist in the 2016 Thurber Prize for American Humor for Between You and Me.[7] She gave a TED talk at TED2016 on the same topic.[8][9]


  1. ^ Mary Norris (February 23, 2015). "Confessions of a Comma Queen – The New Yorker". The New Yorker.
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ Borrelli, Christopher (April 3, 2015). "New Yorker editor makes her mark with new book". Chicago Tribune.
  4. ^ "Mary Norris – The New Yorker". The New Yorker. February 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Between You & Me".
  6. ^ "Memoir, Perfectly Punctuated In 'Between You & Me'". NPR. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Past Thurber Prize Winners and Finalists". Thurber House. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  8. ^ "Mary Norris: The nit-picking glory of the New Yorker's comma queen". TED. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  9. ^ "Mary Norris Gives a TED Talk on Her Career as a Copy Editor". Galley Cat. Retrieved June 8, 2016.

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