Benjamin Moser is the author of “Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector,” a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, and the general editor of the new translations of Clarice Lispector at New Directions. A former New Books columnist at Harper’s Magazine and currently a columnist for the New York Times Book Review, his authorized biography of Susan Sontag Sontag: Her Life, will be coming out in September 2019. He was born in Houston in 1976, graduated from Brown University with a degree in history and then earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht. He lives in the Netherlands.