Alev Lytle Croutier is the author of the internationally acclaimed bestseller Harem: The World Behind the Veil and Taking the Waters. She was the founding editor and, for many years, editor-in-chief of Mercury House publishing company. Born in Turkey, she studied literature at Robert College in Istanbul and Art History at Oberlin College in the US. Later, she wrote and directed award winning films in Japan, Turkey, and Europe and the US. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship (the first ever for screenplay) for her work in Tell Me a Riddle. Alev Lytle Croutier divides her time between San Francisco and Paris.
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