Chaim Potok was born and raised in New York City. He began to write fiction at the age of sixteen, graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude in English literature, and earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of nine novels and two works of nonfiction: Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews and The Gates of November: Chronicles of the Slepak Family. His novel, The Promise, was given the Athenaeum Prize, and another novel, The Gift of Asher Lev, won the National Jewish Book Award. He lives outside Philadelphia.Potok, Chaim is the author of 'Chosen', published 1987 under ISBN 9780449213445 and ISBN 0449213447.