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Ph.D. from Princeton

Leigh A. Arrathoon was born November 30, 1942. She received her A.B. from Hunter College in 1963, her M.A. in French and another in Spanish from Stanford University in 1966 &1968, & her M.A. & Ph.D. in French Medieval Studies from Princeton University in 1975. She has also studied at the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Lille, & Oxford. She has published articles on Old French literature and Chaucer in Language and Style, Romance Philology, & Ball State University Forum, where her article, "The Two Saras of Chaucer's Merchant's Tale," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, & three academic books: The Lady of Vergi, The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics, and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction.

Many of the articles from the Craft of Fiction books have been reprinted by Gale Research. Her seminal article, "Jacques de Vitry, the Tale of Calogrenant, La Chastelaine de Vergi, and the Genres of Medieval Narrative Fiction," The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics, Solaris Press, 1984, pp. 281-368, was reprinted by Gale Research, CMLC 63, 2004.

She currently teaches Beginning Spanish for Rochester College, in Rochester Hills, Michigan and French classes at home and for Adult Enrichment in the Rochester Schools, Michigan. She also teaches French all over the world via Skype. Finally, the author does BOOK SIGNINGS and makes FREE GROUP AND SCHOOL APPEARANCES USING SKYPE. Leave your name and number at 1248 218-0356 to find out more.

40 years of teaching

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Leigh Arrathoon brings to her books all the love and patience
of over forty years of teaching, the joy, unfaltering faith, and arduousness demanded by her craft, and the precision that only a life of scholarship can provide.

A mother reads the Mackinac book, from Jody's Miichigan Adventures, so her seven-year-old daughter.

Trey reads Frankenmuth

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