As a boy, he trick-or-treated at the homes of Thomas Mann and Gregory Peck; today, Leslie Epstein ’56 was the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Boston University for more than 30 years and now teaches fiction. He has published 10 works of fiction including the critically acclaimed King of the Jews (published in eleven foreign languages), and San Remo Drive: A Novel from Memory based on his childhood in Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s.
His father, Philip G. Epstein, was a screenwriter who won an Academy Award for co-scripting Casablanca. In 2007, Epstein’s play, King of the Jews premiered at the Boston Playwrights Theatre.
Following Webb, Epstein studied at Yale and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Among his many awards and honors, Epstein has also received Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, and an award for Distinction in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Here is a 2007 interview with Epstein where he discusses his novel, The Eighth Wonder of the World.
While the tickets to see the upcoming production of Les Misérables sold out in a matter of minutes, The Webb Schools is pleased to announce a livestream of the Friday May 18th performance will be available on the school's website and Facebook page. The performance will begin at 7:00pm PDT.
Webb swimmers finished their 2018 season in championship style last week. The rundown: two days, two proud coaches (Ken Rosenfeld & Tom Jurczak), seven broken/re-broken school records, and one Vivian Webb CIF champion (the first individual swimming CIF champion in VWS history)!
When some colleges are reporting less than a 5% admit rate (Harvard & Stanford) and many others remain in the single digits, it’s good to know that no matter how tough things get Webb students are well prepared for the challenge. Once again, our students beat the odds. The members of this year’s graduating class are to be congratulated for admission into some of the most sought-after colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. We saw 100% of the Class of 2018 admitted to a selective four-year college or university—90% will be attending a college ranked in the top 10% in the nation.