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Allegra Goodman began writing short stories in high school, and the summer after she graduated in 1985, she submitted her story "Variant Text" to Commentary magazine, which accepted it for publication. Goodman continued to write for the magazine, and on her graduation day in 1989 from Harvard, her first book was published – a collection of stories. At Stanford, she studied William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and Ben Jonson. She wrote her dissertation on Samuel Johnson's edition of Shakespeare and earned a Ph.D in English literature in 1997. Her books include "The Family Markowitz," "Paradise Park" and "Intuition." Her new novel is "The Cookbook Collector" (Random House). Goodman was a National Book Award finalist for "Kaaterskill Falls" and is a winner of the Whiting Writers Award and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives in Massachusetts.