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Raymond van Over is the author and editor of over thirty books with mainstream publishers, including Harper&Row, Penguin, Macmillan, New American Library. His books range from novels and general fiction (true crime and fiction for young adults), to folk tales, psychology, and scholarly studies of myths. A member of “The Authors Guild” for decades, he has been a ghostwriter for half a dozen books of fiction and memoirs.
His writing credits include screenwriting -- both feature films and documentaries (including the Academy Award nominated "A Portrait of Giselle" and "I Live for Art--Tosca," ABC-TV/Wishupon Productions, narrated by Robert Merrill and directed by Muriel Balash). For years he was a story analyst and reader for independent and major film studios (Universal, Fox, and Columbia Pictures). His play, "Bruno," won the 2017 Kaplan New Play Competition.
He has traveled the globe (U.S. and Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia), spoken before many audiences and professional societies including MENSA, The New York Psychological Association, and the World Congress of Religions. He has also appeared on numerous television shows and radio programs, such as The Dick Cavett Show, Straight Talk, PBS-TV Specials, The Barry Farber Show, and Margaret Truman's Radio Show.
In addition to a traditional education in the U.S., he has lived and studied in Spain, England, and France. He received a certificate in Ancient History and Early Literature from Wolsey Hall, Oxford, and studied French Civilization and Literature at the University of Paris, Sorbonne.
His varied interests include the Japanese game of GO, flying single engine airplanes, painting, and baroque music. He lives in Washington, D.C. and Cape Cod.