Amy D. Bernstein is a principal and co-owner of the Bernstein Literary Agency. Her list includes both non-fiction and a few fiction authors, and she specializes in working with debut and foreign writers who have not been published in the United States.
Before becoming a literary agent she worked as senior editor and a contributing writer on U.S. News & World Reports special issues developing and editing three to four issues a year on topics related to history, religion and science. Some of the best-selling issues she edited or contributed to include Secrets of the DaVinci Code, Secrets of the Civil War, and Secrets of Christianity.
She is the co-editor (with Peter W. Bernstein) of The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything (St. Martin’s Press, 2006 and 2009). She also co-edited, with her husband, Quotations from Speaker Newt: The Little Red, White and Blue Book of the Republican Revolution (Workman Publishing, 1996) and was a contributing editor to Torture: Does It Make Us Safer? Is it Ever OK? A Human Rights Perspective (New Press, 2005).
A graduate of the Convent of the Sacred Heart and Wellesley College (B.A., 1974) where she was a Wellesley Scholar, she began graduate work in Renaissance literature at the Centre d’Etudes Superieures de la Renaissance in Tours, France. She earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in French literature from the University of Oxford in 2005.
She is fluent in French and has a reading knowledge of German, Italian and Spanish.