About us

Starfish House is an independent editing service. featuring book-indexing, writing, research, copy-editing, and proofreading, with over sixty-five years of combined editorial experience. Books professionally, thoroughly, and cheerfully indexed.

Kevin Joel Berland, co-founder of Starfish House, is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Penn State. In addition to serving on the editorial board of several journals and as manuscript reader for academic presses, he has published numerous scholarly articles and books on intellectual history, British literature, Early American history and culture, history of philosophy, and physiognomy, among other things. For his scholarly work, see his profile and CV on Academia.edu.


Rebecca Shapiro is a professor of English at the City University of New York . She is currently Associate Editor of  Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) at the University of Toronto, focusing on women’s dictionaries, and past Executive Secretary of the Dictionary Society of North America. She has worked as a researcher, writer, editor, proofreader, and lexicographer for over twenty years for presses including Oxford, Longman, Scholastic, Random House, Collins, AMS, Rowman & Littlefield, Bucknell University, University of Delaware, and the Invisible Disabilities Project. Her book, Fixing Babel: An Historical Anthology of  Applied Lexicography, was published by Bucknell University Press in December, 2016. See her CV and editorial resume on Academia.edu.

 We are assisted by a stellar team of associates. Meet the Starfish House Senior Librarian, Zalman, pausing during the annual shelving inventory. He is ably assisted by the Associate Librarian, Mimi, and by our new intern, Malka.


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