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About the Author

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William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent college speaker, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. He taught at Yale for ten years and was a graduate instructor at Columbia for five.

His essay “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” has been viewed over one million times online. “Solitude and Leadership,” an address at West Point, has been taught across the military and corporate worlds.

Bill is a Contributing Writer for The Nation and a Contributing Editor for The American Scholar. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper'sThe New Republic, The London Review of Books, and elsewhere.

Bill has won the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, the Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, and is a three-time National Magazine Award nominee. His work has been translated into 15 languages and anthologized in more than 25 college readers. He has also spoken at over 30 colleges, high schools, and educational groups.  

Bill’s previous book is A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter.