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Robert Alter

Robert Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967. He has written seventeen books, focusing on such topics as the European novel from the 18th century to the present, contemporary American fiction, and modern Hebrew literature. He has also written extensively on the literary aspects of the bible. His book The Art of Biblical Narrative won the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought. Other books Alter has written include Hebrew and Modernity, The Pleasures of Reading in an Ideological Age, and most recently, Genesis: A New Translation with Commentary.

Alter earned his bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University in 1957, and earned his master's degree in 1958 and his doctorate in 1962 from Harvard University, both in comparative literature. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress, and is currently serving as president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. He has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow, has been a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jeruselem, and Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton University.
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