Roger Rosenblatt is a writer and essayist best known for taking complex or esoteric subjects (everything from the meaning of art to racoon hunting) and explaining them with grand prose. The best example of this that is now part of Simpson's Contemporary Quotations is his reflections on the leaders of a meeting of American and Russian diplomats for Time Magazine in 1986: "A flock of mad ducks flown north for the winter, descending noisily on this modest, good-mannered nation."

In addition to his prolific collection of books, essays and commentaries, he was a Professor of English at Harvard University for most of the 1980's, where he also earned his PhD. Today, he lives comfortably on Long Island, New York.

His essays have appeared in Time Magazine and the Newshour with Jim Lehrer.

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