After getting most of his secondary education  in England and France, David L. O'Neal attended Princeton
University and has an MA. He then served three years as an officer in the U. S. Marine Corps acting as a
French language officer for an Interrogation and Translation School at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  After
working for several rare book dealers, as well as for the Bibliographical Society of America, O'Neal
established  his own antiquarian book selling business in Boston, which became among the foremost rare
book and manuscript businesses in the United States. Beginning in 1973, the firm more issued than  one
hundred and thirty catalogues and lists of interesting and precious books and manuscripts from the 14th
century to the 20th century.

O’Neal retired from the book business in 2001 and now , as a second career, devotes his time to writing non-
fiction, short fiction, and poems.  He has published the humorous
The Sailor’s Hornbook, or ABC; 52
poems about animals and birds entitled  
An Alphabeastiary; a 100-page collection of poems, Light and
a book of short stories and sketches, Georgia On My Vine, And Other Masterpieces of Modern
Literature (
190 pages); and a book about his pet, Streak, the Parrot Who Loves Me ) and an anthology  
Babbling Birds: Poems About Parrots, From Ancient Times to the Present.   To order these books go
to the Contact Me page on this website or write email at

Recent creative work  has appeared i
n Sensations Magazine,  Vision Magazine,  The New York Times,  
Magazine of the Parrot Society UK,  Bird Keeper (England),Bird Keeper (Australia),  Writers Digest,  
Creativity Connection, Nut House,  Writers' Digest, Mississippi Crow, The Marin Poets Anthology,
Red Heart - Black Heart (
anthology), Voices of Bi-Polar Disorder (anthology), Street Spirit, Open
Minds Quarterly, Two Hawks Quarterly, Relationships and Other Stuff: Stories from Men
anthology).  etc.

O'Neal's other writings include professional articles on book selling, book collecting, and analytical
in such journals as The American Book collector,  The Papers of the Bibliographical
Society of America ,
and the Newsletter of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.  

David O'Neal lives in San Francisco with his wife, Carolyn, and parrot, Streak, and has two sons and two
grandchildren nearby. His chief hobbies are reading and writing, sailing,  squash and tennis.
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