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Arthur Douglas Ward graduated from Tufts University with a degree in English and a minor concentration in drama, after which he completed a Ph. D. in English at U.C. Berkeley. Longtime interests include reading, writing, and teaching poetry, fiction, and drama. Since boyhood, he has always been interested in ancient history, especially military history, and martial arts. He studied shotokan karate and was a member of the Tufts University karate team in its first year under Shihan Kazumi Tabata; later, he earned black belts in judo at the University of California and in aikido at the Aikido Institute in Oakland, California and at the Iwama Dojo in Japan under the late Shihan Morihiro Saito. He has taught both English and aikido at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, and continues to do so at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland. Besides academic writing, he has published a memoir of his father called "Missions," two one-act plays,and several poems. Recently he published a short story, "The Ghost Lovers," in the inaugural issue of the online journal Red Branch. Son of Saul is his first novel.