Hester Kaplan

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Hester Margaret Kaplan Stein
Hester Margaret Kaplan
Alma materB.A. Barnard College
Spouse(s)Michael Stein
Parent(s)Anne Bernays Kaplan
Justin Kaplan
RelativesEdward Bernays (grandfather)
Doris E. Fleischman (grandmother)

Hester Margaret Kaplan is an American short story writer, and novelist.


Kaplan was born to a Jewish family, the daughter of novelist Anne (née Bernays) and author Justin Kaplan.[1] Her maternal grandparents were Doris Fleischman and Edward Bernays, "the father of public relations" and nephew of Sigmund Freud. She grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Barnard College.

She has taught writing at Rhode Island School of Design[2] and teaches at Lesley University.[3]

Her work appeared in Ploughshares, Story, Glimmer Train, and Agni,[4] "The Private Life of Skin", appeared in Southwest Review.

In 1987, she married Dr. Michael Stein.[1] She is the mother of two sons, Alex and Toby.



  • Kinship Theory: A Novel. Back Bay. 2002. ISBN 978-0-316-50426-3.
  • The Edge of Marriage. W. W. Norton & Company. 2001. ISBN 978-0-393-32144-9.
Work appearing in Ploughshares
  • "Goodwell", Ploughshares, Spring 1989
  • "Companion Animal", Ploughshares, Spring 2003


  1. ^ a b "Ms. Kaplan Weds Dr. Michael Stein". The New York Times. September 14, 1987.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2009-11-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.lesley.edu/gsass/creative_writing/faculty.html#kaplan
  4. ^ http://www.bu.edu/agni/authors/H/Hester-Kaplan.html
  5. ^ Writers corner: Hester Kaplan, National Endowment for the Arts, retrieved 2011-07-01

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