Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, biographer, and critic. His five books of poetry include New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015. He has written eight novels, including The Damascus Road, Benjamin’s Crossing, The Apprentice Lover, The Passages of H.M., and The Last Station. The latter was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, William Faulkner, and Gore Vidal.
Parini’s non-fiction works include his recent memoir, Borges and Me: An Encounter, the story of his travels in the highlands of Scotland with Jorge Luis Borges. Other works include Jesus: The Human Face of God, Why Poetry Matters and Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. He writes for various publications, including the New York Times and the Guardian.
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