Carolyn Fireside


Carolyn Fireside, died June 20, 2014 at age 74 in New York City after a brief illness. A noted author, collaborator and editor, she was the daughter of the late Freda and the late Joseph Fireside, who resided in Clayton, Ms. Fireside moved to New York City after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, and became a dedicated New Yorker with a passion for the city. Her career editing and developing books covered a wide range of subject areas, including diet and exercise, self-help, fashion, contemporary history and memoirs.  Authors with whom she worked included Jerzy Kosinski, Jay Presson Allen, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Louis J. Ignarro, Picasso scholar John Richardson, James Michener, Dave Barry, Dean Koontz, Dick Francis, Diana Ross, and radio personalities Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Robin Quivers. Ms. Fireside was also an award-winning and best-selling author of four romance novels republished by Pangea Books, which she co-founded: “Goodbye Again,” “Forbidden Games,” “Anything But Love” and “The Kissing Lesson.”  In researching a book on food, she amassed in her small apartment over 1,000 bottles of sauces, described as “one of the world’s largest collections of condiments.” Earlier in her career, Ms. Fireside was a staff copywriter, editor and publishing executive at G. P. Putnam, HarperCollins and Random House. She is survived by first cousins Constance Levy of St. Louis and Lynn Fireside of Beverly Hills. A memorial service is planned for July. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Books For Kids Foundation (, 440 Park Avenue 5, New York, N.Y., 10016.