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About the Author

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William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent speaker at colleges, high schools, and other venues, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. He taught English at Yale and Columbia before becoming a full-time writer in 2008.

Bill has published more than 250 essays and reviews. He has won the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, the Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and a Sydney Award; he is also a three-time National Magazine Award nominee. His work, which has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper's, The NationThe New Republic, The American Scholar, and many other publications, has been translated into 17 languages and anthologized in more than 30 college readers. He has spoken at over 100 educational and other venues and has held visiting positions at Bard, Scripps, and Claremont McKenna Colleges. In November 2019, he will serve as the Knapp Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of San Diego.

Bill’s previous book is A Jane Austen Education. He is completing a book about how artists (writers, musicians, visual artists, and others) are making a living in the digital economy, to be published by Henry Holt in the summer of 2020.

Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of Tivnu: Building Justice, a Jewish social-justice gap year in Portland, Oregon, and of the Advisory Council of Project Wayfinder, which oversees purpose-learning programs in schools across the United States and elsewhere.