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John S. Major is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, ranging from serious scholarly works on early Chinese intellectual history to an illustrated children’s book on the Silk Route, from a collection of Tibetan Buddhist folktales to a study of his family’s Huguenot roots in colonial New Jersey; he is co-editor of an anthology of world poetry and co-author of two books on the joys of reading. He began his career as a professor of East Asian history at Dartmouth College and later became a senior editor at the Book-of-the-Month Club. Now retired, he continues his research and writing as an independent scholar based in New York City.