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. He taught school, worked as a technical writer, free-lance journalist, reviewed books, wrote fiction, received an MA from Johns Hopkins, and a PhD from Harvard. In 1958, while a graduate student, he wrote his first novel, The Burning Air, and met Margaret Anne Black, a senior at Harvard; they married eight months later, after he had completed his exams, the book was published, and she had graduated. Over the years they had three children and nine grandchildren. Gene retired from teaching in 1995 and is a Professor Emeritus. His wife, Margaret, an editor and book reviewer, died unexpectedly in 2010.