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Donald Anderson grew up in Rochester, New York, did his undergraduate work at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, and his graduate work at the University of Arizona in Tucson where he received his doctorate in English. During his academic career at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, New York, he taught literature, creative writing and theater arts. He directed pays by Shakespeare, Noel Coward, Edward Albee, Euguene Ionesco and others both for mainstage and in the round. He has also been an actor and playwright in the Hudson Valley region. In 2010, his book Shadowed Cocktails: The Plays of Philip Barry from “Paris Bound” to “The Philadelphia Story” published by Southern Illinois University Press. It was the first full-length study of the prolific Barry in a half century. He has also published articles on writers such as Washington Irving, Sarah Orne Jewett, David Belasco, Edith Wharton, Thomas Wolfe, and John Updike. His novel "Currencies of August" was published in 2016 and is based upon his one-act play “An Elementary Education,” performed in Poughkeepsie in the 1980s. It is the fulfillment of a promise he made to himself at the age of six, when he developed his initial passion for story-telling. 2017's "The Hardrock Rooster of Rose-Nose Mound" is a tale intended for readers 10 and up and is written in the spirit of Lewis Carroll.