Benjamin Moser was born in Houston. He is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book of 2009. He directs the program for the translation of Clarice Lispector’s complete works at New Directions. For his work bringing her to international prominence, he received Brazil’s first State Prize for Cultural Diplomacy. He has published translations from French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch. He was a finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing of the National Book Critics Circle, and won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. A former books columnist for Harper’s Magazine and The New York Times Book Review, he has written for The New Yorker, Conde Nast Traveler, and The New York Review of Books.