Peter Pouncey

PETER POUNCEY was born in Tsingtao, China. He spent his childhood mostly in English boarding schools, then Oxford University and training for the Jesuit priesthood. Sometime dean of Columbia College, he served as president of Amherst College for ten years. In The New York Review of Books, W.S. Merwin wrote that Pouncey's novel, Rules for Old Men, "confronts its primal subject with a lucidity and plainness that appears to be descended from the historians and poets we have labeled classical."