Roger Angell is the son of Katharine White, the first fiction editor of The New Yorker, and Ernest Angell, the head of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the stepson of the renowned prosaist E. B. White. This illustrious lineage produced an illustrious heir; Angell is a senior editor at The New Yorker and has written for the magazine for over seventy years, along with publishing a dozen books. The awards he has accumulated during this lengthy career include a George Polk Award for Commentary, a Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, a Michael Braude Award for Light Verse, a PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing, and the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, the highest honor given to writers by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Angell has two children and lives in Portland, Oregon.