Eric grew up in Wisconsin, and double majored in history and English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where occasional rumors that the school had a football team (“Badgers?”) reached him while he was getting hooked on the writing of Joyce, Faulkner, Eliot and Woolf. He graduated with a BA with High Distinction, and Phi Beta Kappa.
After a year spent studying in Avignon and then working in Paris and London, he won a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and began work on a PhD in English literature at Harvard, focusing on 19th-century British poetry and discovering along the way how challenging, absorbing and rewarding teaching literature could be. He has been a teaching assistant and tutor for numerous literature courses at Harvard, winning several teaching awards for his work, an instructor in the English and writing departments at Stonehill College, and an English teacher at Milton Academy.
Eric lives in Boston, misses Paris and Berlin, and can occasionally be spotted running along the banks of the Charles River.