About the Author

Joseph McElroy is the author of nine novels, including A Smuggler’s Bible (Harcourt), Hind’s Kidnap (Harper & Row), Ancient History: A Paraphase (Knopf), Lookout Cartridge (Knopf), Plus (Knopf), Women and Men (Knopf), The Letter Left to Me (Knopf), Actress in the House(Overlook), and Cannonball (Dzanc, 2013). His short novella about India,  Taken From Him, is available as an Amazon Kindle SingleAnother novella, Preparations for Search, appeared in 2010. Night Soul and Other Stories, a volume of short fiction,  was published by Dalkey Archive Press  in 2011. A volume of his essays, Exponential, has been published in Italy and in expanded form will be forthcoming from Dzanc. His non-fiction book about water is close to completion. Two plays are forthcoming, and a children's book, The Island, illustrated by G. Davis Cathcart. McElroy received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller,  and D.H. Lawrence Foundations, twice from  Ingram Merrill  and twice from the National Endowment for the Arts. Among other universities he has taught at Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, University of New Hampshire, Temple, NYU,  the University of Paris,  and the City University of New York.  McElroy was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930. He was educated at Williams College and Columbia University and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.