Neil Gordon was born in South Africa in 1958. His novels included Sacrifice of Isaac, The Gun Runners Daughter, The Company You Keep and Youre a Big Girl Now. He held a PhD in French Literature from Yale University and was a literary editor at the Boston Review. Neil was also profoundly committed to teaching and was Professor of Literature at The New School, Professor of Comparative Literature and Dean of The American University of Paris as well as Dean of Eugene Lang College. He died in May 2017 in New York.