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Bevis Longstreth is a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard Law School. From 1981-84 he served as a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In 1993, he retired from the practice of law as a senior partner in the New York City law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton to teach at Columbia Law School and pursue other interests, among which was writing. Over his professional career he has often spoken and written many articles and two books on finance, corporate behavior and the law.
Mr. Longstreth has also written two novels: Spindle and Bow (2005) and Return of the Shade (release date September 2009). He is now engaged on his third work of fiction, an historical novel for which the armature is the Works Progress Administration, launched in 1935 by President Roosevelt and led by Harry Hopkins.