|Arthur Wang retired from Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, in June 1998 after fifty-six distinguished years in publishing. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1940, worked briefly in advertising, and in 1942 joined Garden City Publishing Company, a division of Doubleday in New York City, as an editor. Two years later he moved to Alfred A. Knopf and then to T. Y. Crowell, where he remained for six years, also as an editor. With E. M. Hale, which specialized in children's books, he worked in sales until 1951, when he returned to editing, his first love, at A. A. Wyn.
Aaron Wyn unexpectedly made possible the founding of Hill and Wang in 1956. Lawrence Hill remained Wang's partner until 1971, when the company was sold to Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Hill left shortly thereafter to establish Lawrence Hill & Company, while Wang joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux as publisher and editor-in-chief of its Hill and Wang division. He remained a stockholder, a vice-president, and a member of the board of directors of the parent company until it was sold to Von Holtzbrinck in 1994. He retired four years later.