Born in Bucharest, Rumania, Mircea Eliade studied at the University of Bucharest and, from 1928 to 1932, at the University of Calcutta with Surendranath Dasgupta. After taking his doctorate in 1933 with a dissertation on yoga, he taught at the University of Bucharest and, after the war, at the Sorbonne in Paris. From 1957, Eliade was a professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago. He was at the same time a writer of fiction, known and appreciated especially in Western Europe, where several of his novels and volumes of short stories appeared in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Two Tales of the Occult "to relate some yogic techniques, and particularly yogic folklore, to a series of events narrated in the genre of a mystery story." Both Nights of Serampore and The Secret of Dr. Honigberger evoke the mythical geography and time of India. Mythology, fantasy, and autobiography are skillfully combined in Eliade's tales.
Francis Ford Coppola won his first Oscar at age 31 for the screenplay for Patton, which he co-wrote with Edmund H. North. He won his first Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with The Conversation, which he wrote and directed. He went on to direct 20 films, including the epic Godfather trilogy, and most recently, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Jack, and John Grisham's The Rainmaker. He lives in Northern California.