Stephen Alter (born 1956) is an American author, primarily of non-fiction but also of fiction, who was born and raised in India, where he grew up as the son of missionaries. His childhood was spent primarily in the small [1 ] British Raj-era hill station of Landour in the Lower Western Himalaya.
He graduated from
Woodstock School (where his father Rev. Bob Alter long served as Principal) in Landour and subsequently from Wesleyan University.
He has taught writing at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at the American University in Cairo. He has been awarded Fulbright Program and Guggenheim Fellowship grants.
He is married to Ameeta and has a son, Jayant and daughter Shibani. His first cousin
Tom Alter is a noted Indian theatre, television and film actor as well as a cricket writer.
Selected titles [ edit ]
All the Way to Heaven: An American Boyhood in the Himalayas
Sacred Waters: A Pilgrimage Up the Ganges River to the Source of Hindu Culture
Elephas Maximus: A Portrait of the Indian Elephant
Amritsar to Lahore: A Journey Across the India-Pakistan Border
Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief
Silk and Steel
Aripan & Other Stories (2005)
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