Paul McCarthy double-majored in English Literature and Japanese as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, and then took an AM and PhD in Japanese Literature at Harvard University (1975). He has taught Japanese Literature at universities in the United States and Comparative Literature at universities in Japan and Korea for the past forty years. He has already translated The Chinese stories by Atsushi Nakajima, Word Book by Mieko Kanai for JLPP. His translated works are Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s Childhood Years, The Gourmet Club and Other Stories (with Anthony Chambers), and A Cat, a Man and Two Women and Other Stories. The last-named novella won the US-Japan Friendship Commission Prize for Translation of Japanese Literature, administered by the Donald Keene Center at Columbia University, in 1991.