A distinguished attorney and public servant, Cyrus Colter took up writing in midlife and, after retiring from the law, devoted himself not only to his art but also to teaching. He held the Chester D. Tripp Professorship in the Humanities and chaired the Program in African-American Studies at Northwestern University. His first book, The Beach Umbrella, won the Iowa School of Letters Award for First Fiction in 1970. TriQuarterly Books and Northwestern University Press have reprinted his earlier novel, The Hippodrome. His other works include The Rivers of Eros, Night Studies, and The Amoralist.