Elizabeth Frank was born in Los Angeles and spent her high school years in London and Geneva. After two and a half years at Bennington, she transferred to U.C. Berkeley, where she finished her undergraduate work and went on to receive a Ph.D. in 1973. She began working on a critical biography of Louise Bogan that year and published Louise Bogan: A Portrait (Knopf) in 1985. Throughout the seventies and eighties she did a fair amount of art writing, reviewing shows in Artnews and Art in America, and publishing a brief introduction to the work of Jackson Pollock with Abbeville Press in 1983. A monograph, Esteban Vicente (Hudson Hills), came out in 1995. Her first novel, Cheat and Charmer, was published by Random House in 2004. She continues to write fiction, and has co-translated two novels, forthcoming from Other Press, by the Bulgarian screenwriter-novelist Angel Wagenstein. Since 1982 she has been a member of the literature faculty at Bard College.