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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. His next book, due out in July 2020, is The Muse in the Marketplace: How Artists Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech.

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 and scholastic readers.

Bill taught English at Yale and Columbia before becoming a full-time writer in 2008. Since then, he has spoken at over 100 educational and other venues and held visiting positions at Bard, Scripps, and Claremont McKenna Colleges as well as at the University of San Diego. His previous book is A Jane Austen Education.

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 runs purpose-learning programs in schools across the United States and beyond. He is a Contributing Editor at the American Scholar and a Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.