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Cullen Murphy joined Vanity Fair as its editor at large in 2006. Before that, he spent more than two decades at The Atlantic Monthly, serving as managing editor. For 25 years he wrote the comic strip Prince Valiant, which was drawn by his father, the illustrator John Cullen Murphy. He has also written a number of books, among them Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage (HarperCollins, 1992), with co-author William L. Rathje, the essay collection Just Curious (Houghton Mifflin, 1995), and The Word According to Eve: Women and the Bible in Ancient Times and Our Own (Houghton Mifflin, 1998). His most recent book, Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), was published in 2017. Murphy is a former member of the board of governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Emily Dickinson Museum, and is the chair of the board of trustees of Amherst College. He is also the author of Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) and God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World (Houghton Mifflin, 2012). He lives in Massachusetts.