Leslie Epstein



BA, DFA, Yale University
Diploma of Anthropology, Oxford University
MA, University of California, Los Angeles

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I’ve published eleven books of fiction: P.D. Kimerakov (novel), The Steinway Quintet Plus Four (stories), King of the Jews (novel), Regina (novel), Goldkorn Tales (novellas), the novels Pinto & Sons,Pandaemonium, Ice Fire Water (a novel in the form of three novellas), San Remo Drive: A Novel from Memory, and The Eighth Wonder of the World. My latest novel: Liebestod: Opera Buffa with Leib Goldkorn, came out early in 2012. My stage adaptation of  King of the Jews has been produced both in Boston and Maryland, and I am actively pursuing productions now of other new plays.  I’ve held a Rhodes Scholarship, Guggenheim Fellowship, had a couple of National Endowment for the Arts Grants, as well as one from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and an award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. I’ve also held a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio. My pedagogical technique is a mixture of proven Pavlovian principles (rewards of coffee candies and bright shiny nickels, punishment of push-ups in front of everyone) and state terror.

Selected Publications
  • The Eighth Wonder of the World
  • “Pictures at an Extermination,” Harper’s
  • SAN REMO DRIVE: A Novel from Memory
  • ICE FIRE WATER: A Leib Goldkorn Cocktail
  • Pandaemonium
  • Pinto and Sons
  • Goldkorn Tales
  • Regina
  • King of the Jews
  • The Steinway Quintet Plus Four
  • P.D. Kimerakov
  • “Writing About the Holocaust,” in Writing and the Holocaust, ed. Berel Lang (1988)
Honors, Grants, and Awards
  • NEA Fellow (1981–2; 1972)
  • Guggenheim Fellow (1977–8)
  • Rhodes Scholar, Merton College, Oxford (1960–2)
Other Professional Activities
  • Editorial Board, Tikkun
  • Boston Playwrights’ Theatre production of King of the Jews (2007)