Chaim Potok was born in New York City in 1929. He graduated from Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was ordained as a rabbi, and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He also served as editor of the Jewish Publication Society of America. Potok's first novel, The Chosen, published in 1967, received the Edward Lewis Wallant Memorial Book Award and was nominated for the National Book Award. He is author of eight novels, including In the Beginning and My Name is Asher Lev, and Wanderings, a history of the Jews. He died in 2002.
"A novel of finely articulated tragic power. . . . Little short of a work of genius." --The New York Times Book Review
"Memorable. . . . Profound in its vision of humanity, of religion, and of art."--The Wall Street Journal "Such a feeling of freshness, of something brand-new. . . . Attention-holding and ultimately moving." --The New York Times "Engrossing and illuminating." --Miami Herald