Stephen Alter graduated from Woodstock School and subsequently from Wesleyan University. He has taught writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the American University in Cairo. He has been awarded Fulbright Program and Guggenheim Fellowship grants. His selected works include (1998), Amritsar to Lahore: A Journey Across the India-Pakistan Border (2000), Sacred Waters: A Pilgrimage Up the Ganges River to the Source of Hindu Culture (2001), Elephas Maximus: A Portrait of the Indian Elephant (2004), Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief (2007), Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime (2014), Neglected Lives (1979), Silk and Steel (1980), The Godchild (1988), Renuka (1990), Aripan & Other Stories (2005), The Rataban Betrayal (2013), In the Jungles of the Night: A Novel about Jim Corbett (2016), and The Dalliance of Leopards (2017). He was also the editor of The Penguin Book of Modern Indian Short Stories (2001).