Laurence J. Peter was born in Canada and received an EdD from Washington State University. An experienced teacher, counselor, school psychologist, prison instructor, consultant, and university professor, he wrote articles for many journals and magazines as well as several books. He died in 1990. Raymond Hull wrote many stage plays as well as articles for Punch, Maclean's, and Esquire. He died in 1985.
"The Peter Principle has cosmic implications."--The New York Times "Ruefully delightful ... excruciatingly applicable--and fun to read"--Playboy "[The Peter Principle] has struck a throbbing public nerve... a minor cultural phenomenon and its title phrase, like Parkinson's Law, is certain to enter the language."--Life magazine