Leslie Dunton-Downer received a PhD with Distinction in
comparative literature from Harvard. She has served as a lecturer
at her alma mater, and is a trustee of the Harvard Advocate and a
member of the Society of Fellows. She was a 2014 fellow at the
American Academy in Berlin. She is the coauthor, with Alan Riding,
of DK's Essential Shakespeare Handbook and Eyewitness
Companions: Opera, and the author of The English Is Coming!:
How One Language Is Sweeping the World.
For 12 years, Alan Riding was the European cultural correspondent for the New York Times. He was previously bureau chief for the Times in Paris, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, and Mexico City. Riding is the author of And the Show Went On and Distant Neighbors: A Portrait of the Mexicans. He lives in Paris with his wife, Marlise Simons, a writer for the Times.