Roger Rosenblatt. Roger Rosenblatt's pieces in Time Magazine have won two George Polk Awards, awards from the Overseas Press Club, the American Bar Association, and others. His television essays for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS have won the Peabody and the Emmy. He is the author of twelve books, which have been published in 13 languages. They include the national bestseller, Rules for Aging; three collections of essays; and Children of War, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His first satirical novel, Lapham Rising, also a national bestseller, was published in 2006 by Ecco/HarperCollins, and his second novel, Beet, prepared in the spring of 2008. He has written six Off-Broadway plays including I Must Be Off, which will open in the fall of 2008 at New York's Flea Theater. His comic, one-person show, Free Speech in America, which he performed at the American Palace Theater, was cited by The New York Times as one of the 10 best plays of 1991.
Mr. Rosenblatt began writing professionally in his mid-thirties, when he became Literary Editor and a columnist for The New Republic. Before that, he taught at Harvard, where he earned his Ph.D, and held the Briggs-Copeland appointment in the teaching of writing. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Ireland in 1965-66. Five universities have awarded him honorary doctorates. In 2005, he was the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Professor at Harvard. He is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University.