David Slavitt, born in White Plains, N.Y. in 1935, is a prolific writer, poet, translator of classical works, and contributor to edited works. He has an AB from Columbia University and an MA from Columbia University and he has lectured at numerous colleges and universities. Slavitt began writing poetry while he was still at Phillips Andover. After graduating from college and beginning a Ph.D., he began working as a writer at Newsweek. During the seven years he worked there, he published his first book of poetry, Suits for the Dead. Slavitt is considered by critics to be a "minor" novelist. He considers himself to be first and foremost a poet who writes novels in order to support himself as a poet. His first novel, Rochelle, or Virtue Rewarded, was published in 1966. Among his better-known works is Alice at 80, a fictionalized account of the elderly Alice of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Slavitt also writes under the names David Benjamin, Henry Lazarus, Lynn Meyer, and Henry Sutton. As Henry Sutton, Slavitt has written works less "literary" works that have sold well such as The Exhibitionist and The Sacrifice: A Novel of the Occult.