Harry Mathews was born in New York City and educated at the Groton School, Princeton University, and Harvard University. Soon after graduating from Harvard in 1952, he moved to France with his family. He later became the first American to join the French avant-garde literary society Oulipo. He met the author Georges Perec through Oulipo, and the two translated some of each other’s writings. Mathews is currently married to the writer Marie Chaix and divides his time between Paris, Key West, and New York.