Elizabeth Kostova on the lasting influence of Nicholas Delbanco, both in her work and in developing the habits of a writer. “We learned from him about the importance of persistence, as much as about prose style or character development.”
Elizabeth Kostova is the author of The Historian and The Swan Thieves. Her fiction has appeared in 40 languages. She has also published introductions to new editions of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Kostova’s short work has appeared in such venues as Mississippi Review, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She is a co-founder of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation in Bulgaria. Kostova is currently at work on a third novel, to be published by Random House. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Michigan.