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.
Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”