Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College.  She received her BA in mathematics in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures in 1973, both from Harvard University, then did a postdoctoral year in Linguistics at MIT.  She has since taught linguistics at Smith College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Swarthmore College.

Donna Jo is the author of some thirty books for children and young adults, and is best known for her reinterpretations of folktales, including The Magic Circle, Zel, Bound, and Beast. Her historical fiction, including Stones in Venice, has been widely acclaimed.

Donna Jo is at work on a novel about a sixteen-year-old Stowaway on Noah’s Ark for Paula Wiseman Books/S&S.

Brenda Bowen represents select titles by Donna Jo Napoli.