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.
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The Webb Schools is pleased to offer a live stream for both the Vivian Webb School and Webb School of California Commencement Ceremonies on June 2, 2018. The events are available below, and will be concurrently streaming on Webb's Facebook page as well as the schools' Livestream.com page.