Robin Magowan received a B.A. from Harvard, an M.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale. During the 1960s, he taught at the University of Washington and the University of California at Berkeley. He moved to France in 1973, then to England in 1978 where he founded the transatlantic review Margin, which he edited until 1990. The author of seven books of poetry, Magowan has also published a translation of Michaux’s Ecuador; a study of the modern pastoral narrative, Narcissus and Orpheus; two collections of travel writing, And Other Voyages and Fabled Cities: Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva; and two books on bicycle racing. He has also written Memoirs of a Minotaur: From Merrill Lynch to Patty Hearst to Poetry, a look back at his life as grandson of Charles Merrill (founder of Merrill Lynch) and as an observer to extravagant lifestyles, corporate kings, and “literati of the highest order” (Marcus review in Metroactive).