Stefan Zweig on a bus in New York City, 1941 In the 1920s-1930s, he was one of the most popular writers in the world.
Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she also held an adjunct professorship. She now lives in Auckland. Her debut novel was *The Rehearsal*. Her second novel, *The Luminaries*, has just been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.