Robert Stone was born in Brooklyn in 1937. The child of a schizophrenic mother, he spent several years in a Catholic orphanage, finally dropping out of high school to become a navy journalist. Later he studied with Wallace Stegner at Stanford University and traveled with Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters. Stone’s first novel, A Hall of Mirrors, won the Faulkner Foundation Award, and his second, Dog Soldiers, won the National Book Award. He is the author of five other brilliant novels and a collection of edgy short stories.