Nathaniel Bickford was born in New York City in 1940 and grew up in suburban Westchester County. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy from 1953-55 and graduated from Williston Academy (now The Williston Northampton School) in 1957 and from Harvard College in 1961. After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1964, he practiced law in New York City until he retired in 2005. He lives in New York City with his wife of forty-six years, Jewelle, and summers in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. They are the parents of two grown daughters, Laura Bickford and Emily Bickford Lansbury and have two granddaughters, Elizabeth Laura Lansbury and Natalie Rose Lansbury. Late Bloomer is Mr. Bickford's first book.