Celia R. Caputi Daileader was born in Long Island, New York, and studied in Washington D.C. and Boston. She received her doctorate--specializing in Renaissance drama--from Brandeis University in 1995 and went on to teach at The University of Alabama and The Florida State University, where she is currently Professor of English. In addition to her two Cambridge University Press books and collaborative projects, she has published articles, essays, poetry and program notes in top-tier venues. She has been cited in TIME magazine (European edition) as an authority on the representation of women in Renaissance drama, specifically the plays of William Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton. Most recently, Professor Caputi Daileader published her first work of extended fiction, SHE DANCES THE TARANTELLA, on Amazon/Kindle. For this celebration of Italy and Italian-Americans, the author deemed it appropriate to return to her roots and maiden name in the byline.