Robert Alter is Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967. He has written widely on the European novel from the eighteenth century to the present, on contemporary American fiction, and on modern Hebrew literature. He is especially well-known for having written extensively on literary aspects of the Bible. His twenty-two published books include two prize-winning volumes on biblical narrative and poetry and award-winning translations of Genesis and of the Five Books of Moses. In 2019 he published The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary.

Professor Alter:

I shipped you a copy of my recently-published memoir, A Meeting of Joyce and Proust. I come from a mixed heritage family; my father had an Orthodox Jewish background and my mother was Polish Catholic.

The text is also available on at the following link:

Regards and stay safe!

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC