Eric Van Lustbader was born in Greenwich Village, New York City in 1946. He is a graduate of New York's Stuyvesant High School and later Columbia College where he earned a degree in sociology in 1968. While still in college, he began work in the entertainment industry by creating his own music production company that included work with such bands as Cheap Trick, Mountain, and Blue Oyster Cult. He is a writer of both thriller and fantasy novels. He has written several series including The Pearl Saga Series, The Sunset Warrior Cycle, The China Maroc Series and The Nicholas Linnear/Ninja Cycle Series. He is also the co-author of the Jason Bourne series, starting with book 4, with Robert Ludlum. In 2014, his title from this series, Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Ascendancy, made The New York Times Best Seller List.Of Polish background, Olesha chose to join the new Soviet state. He became popular in the early 1920s for his satiric verse, but his most important work is fiction, especially the novel Envy (1927), which deals with the problems of older intellectuals in accepting the new Soviet society. The play A List of Benefits (1931) continues this theme. The novella The Three Fat Men (1930), a fairy tale about revolution in an imaginary country, also proved very popular, and Olesha wrote a number of excellent short stories as well. During the Stalin period, his work was essentially suppressed; only after the writer's death was the quasi-autobiographical No Day without a Line (1965) put together from his manuscripts. Although his total output is modest, Olesha is a major modern figure. He was a master of fictional technique, particularly adept at manipulating imagery and at forcing the reader to reexamine personal expectations about the representation of reality in art. The artist's place in contemporary society is one of his major themes, developed in great detail in Envy.