André Aciman is a distinguished author and professor of Comparative Literature. Of his eight books, which span the genres of Fiction, Essay, and Memoir, one work stands out above the rest. Reviewed by many literary critics, Out of Egypt is an extraordinary journey through Aciman's life in Alexandria, Egypt, where life as a Sephardic Jew changed drastically throughout his youth, causing him and his family to escape to Paris. It is this journey, this experience, that informs Aciman's work. Having had previous teaching positions at Princeton University and Bard College, Aciman teaches Sixteenth and Seventeenth century English, French, and Italian literature at the Graduate Center at City University of New York where he focuses on literary theory, Marcel Proust, and the literature of memory and exile.