Alan Lelchuk is a novelist, professor, and literary editor. He was born in BrooklynNY, and educated at BrooklynCollege (BA, 1960) and StanfordUniversity (MA,'63, PH.D.1965). He teaches fiction writing and literature at DartmouthCollege, where he has been since 1985. He has also taught at BrandeisUniversity, AmherstCollege, and CUNY. In 1986-87, he was Fulbright Professor/Writer in Residence at HaifaUniversity in Israel; in 1999-2000 he was Salgo Professor of American Writing and Literature at ELTEUniversity in Budapest. He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction, and a guest resident of Mishkenot Sha'Ananim (Jerusalem). Among his novels are AMERICAN MISCHIEF, MIRIAM AT THIRTY-FOUR, SHRINKING, MIRIAM IN HER FORTIES, BROOKLYN BOY, PLAYING THE GAME, and the recent ZIFF: A LIFE?(2003). In 1993, he was a co-founder of Steerforth Press, a literary press, where he serves as a senior editor. He lives in Canaan, New Hampshire with his family.