About the author
Maurice Posada was born in Columbia, grew up in England and France, attended undergraduate college in the United States, returned to Columbia for a few years, then returned to the U.S. where he has lived ever since. He earned a master's degree in psychology from Boston University, but decided he didn't want to advise people how to live their lives. He then earned a master's degree in French language and literature from Columbia University. His thesis was published in a scholarly journal and was his first venture in publication of his writings.
With a degree in hand, he joined Columbia University's faculty as an instructor in French, where he continued his interest in French literature and served as an advisor to PH.D. candidates.
Maurice eventually decided to not remain in academics and instead followed a career path in finance and law. Upon retirement, he joined a writing group focused on memoir, where he developed his writing skills further. As a result, two of his works were published in the journal, Vocabula Review. In a note to Maurice, the "Comma Queen of the New Yorker," Mary Norris, said that his article on commas used with serial adjectives, published in Vocabula Review deserved to be considered "definitive."
Longtime residents of New York City, Maurice and his wife of over forty years, Eve, moved to Portland, Oregon, to be near their son, David, and his family. Their daughter Clair remained in New York and still lives in the same apartment in which she was born. Although Eve has passed on, Maurice is still here, writing, editing, and working on a blog devoted to the importance of rhythm in writing.
Although long-inclined to seek a level of perfection that Voltaire warned against, who said, "The perfect is the enemy of the good," Maurice, at the age of 97, was still able to finish this memoir about the life and surprising death of his only brother, Adolf. Among Adolf's misfortunes was to be beset by parents who pressed him to be like them but failed to notice and encourage his different bent. The psychologist Thomas J. Herman, Ph.D., called Maurice's memoir of his brother, "Powerful. Well written."