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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 English at Yale for ten years and at Columbia for five.

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

Bill 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 has been translated into 15 languages and anthologized in more than 30 college readers. He has spoken at over 60 colleges, high schools, and educational groups and has held visiting positions at Scripps and Claremont McKenna Colleges. He is currently the NEH-Hannah Arendt Center Visiting Distinguished Fellow at Bard.

Bill’s previous book is A Jane Austen Education. He is now at work on a book about the arts and arts careers in the new economy.