Eugene Mirabelli (Gene) was born in 1931. He attended public schools, did manual labor in summers, went to MIT for two years, then to Harvard and received a BA there in 1952. He worked as a technical writer, taught school, tried free-lance journalism, wrote fiction, enrolled in a graduate program at Johns Hopkins and while there wrote book reviews for the Baltimore Sun and received his MA at the end of he year. Gene next entered the Harvard Graduate School and in 1958, while a graduate student, he wrote his first novel, The Burning Air. Later that year he met Margaret Anne Black, a senior at Harvard. Gene and Margaret married eight months later, for by then he had completed his graduate exams, the book had been published, and Margaret had graduated. Over the years they had three children and nine grandchildren. Gene retired from teaching in 1995 and is a Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Albany. His wife, Margaret, an editor and book reviewer, died unexpectedly in 2010.