Robert Coles is a psychiatrist and writer. Until recently, he was the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University. He is a co-editor, with Randy Testa, of A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology and Growing Up Poor: A Literary Anthology; a co-editor, with Albert LaFarge, of Minding the Store: Great Writing About Business, from Tolstoy to Now; and the author of Lives We Carry with Us: Profiles of Moral Courage, edited by David D. Cooper, all published by The New Press. His many books also include The Moral Intelligence of Children and Bruce Springsteen's America: The People Listening, a Poet Singing. Coles received a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for his acclaimed five-volume Children of Crisis series, a MacArthur Award in 1981, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998, and the National Humanities Medal in 2001. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Albert LaFarge, PhD, founded the Albert LaFarge Literary Agency in 2003. He was deputy editor of DoubleTake magazine, working alongside Robert Coles, MD, with whom he co-edited Minding the Store: Great Writing About Business, from Tolstoy to Now (The New Press). LaFarge is the editor of The Essential William H. Whyte; has contributed articles to American Way, Commonwealth, and the New York Times; and has been interviewed on CNN. He has taught writing and editing at Harvard College and Boston University and since 2012 has been a visiting lecturer in liberal arts at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
"Who and what is Robert Coles? Social scientist, humanist, political activist, psychiatrist, minstrel, wandering storyteller, mysitc, wise man, poet, dissenter, and yes, I'll use the word, secular saint." --Andrew Greely, Chicago Tribune "By now most people know Robert Coles. Or for their own sake they ought to." --The New York Times Book Review