was born in New York City, and educated at Swarthmore, Barnard, Columbia, and Berkeley, where she earned her Ph.D. Novelist, playwright, critic, and translator, she is also President of PEN West American Center. Webster divides her time between Berkeley and Rome.
She is the author of five novels, After Auschwitz: A Love Story, Sins of the Mothers, Paradise Farm, The Beheading Game (which was a finalist for the Northern
California Book Award), and Vienna Triangle which explores Freud's role in the tragic death of his most brilliant disciple, Viktor Tausk. Her memoir, the Last Good
Freudian received considerable critical praise. Her most recent novel, After Auschwitz:A Love Story, is a story of an elderly man dealing with the early stages of
dementia as he struggles to hold onto his memories and cope with his changing relationship to his wife.
Additionally, Webster has written two controversial and oft-anthologized critical studies, Yeats: A Psychoanalytic Study (Stanford) and Blake's Prophetic Psychology
(Macmillan). She translated poetry from the Italian for The Other Voice (Norton) and The Penguin Book of Women Poets. Her translation of Edith Bruck's memoir, Lettere
alla Madre, was a finalist for the Northern California book awards. She is co-editor of Hungry for Light: The Journal of Ethel Schwabacher, which reveals the life of
her mother an abstract expressionist painter.
Webster and co-author Meridee Stein have also written a play, the murder trial of Sigmund Freud, which recently received a reading at Judson Arts in New York City