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JAMES MAGRUDER was born in Washington, D.C., and moved with his family five times before settling down in Wheaton, Illinois. He went off to Cornell University, spent a year in Paris, served time as a grad student in the Yale French department, then defected to the Yale School of Drama, where he received his doctorate in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism. His dissertation, Three French Comedies (Yale University Press), was named an “Outstanding Literary Translation of the Year” by the American Literary Translators Association. Today, his versions of Molière, Marivaux, Lesage, Labiche, Gozzi, and Dickens have been produced across the country and earn him tens of dollars. He also wrote the book for the ill-fated Broadway musical Triumph of Love. The journal he kept during that very special time will become available when several of his collaborators have passed away. After fifteen years in show business as a playwright and dramaturg, he turned to fiction in 2002. His stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Harrington Gay Men’s Fiction Quarterly, Bloom, Subtropics, and the anthology Boy Crazy. His writing has been supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the New Harmony Project, The MacDowell Colony, where he was named a Thornton Wilder Fellow, the Ucross Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, and the Jerome Foundation. He teaches translation and adaptation at the Yale School of Drama and dramaturgy at Swarthmore College. He lives in Baltimore with his partner Stephen Bolton.