Doris Grumbach was born in New York City in 1918. She is the author of 15 novels and memoirs, including The Ladies (1993); Fifty Days of Solitude (1995); and Life in a Day (1997), winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Grumbach is also the author of a biography, The Company She Kept: A Revealing Portrait of Mary McCarthy (1967). A literary critic and editor, Grumbach contributed to The New York Republic, The New York Times Book Review, and served as a book reviewer and commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and the televised MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour. She held teaching positions at College of St. Rose, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and American University. Grumbach currently lives in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.