Alan Isler was born in London in 1934 and came to America as a young man. He taught English literature at the City University of New York for twenty-five years. His first novel, The Prince of West End Avenue, won the 1994 National Jewish Book Award and was one of five fiction finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His second novel, Kraven Images, was published in 1996. The Bacon Fancier: Four Tales appeared in 1997.