Cedric Paul Foster was born in Leicester, studied at London and Liverpool Universities and later took up a position at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where he was able to extend his interests in East Asian culture. This led to the publication of several scholarly works that link the thinking of East and West, including Beckett and Zen (Wisdom Publications) and The Golden Lotus (Book Guild). He lives near Heidelberg.
The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
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