Paul McCarthy is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Culture at Surugadai University in Hanno, Saitama, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and has taught Japanese, Anglo-American, and Comparative Literature at universities in the United States and Japan.
He has published numerous articles on the literature of Tanizaki Jun'ichiro and other aspects of twentieth century Japanese literature. His translations include Tanizaki's Childhood Years (Kodansha International, Japan, 1988 and Collins, UK, 1990); A Cat, a Man, and Two Women (Kodansha International, Japan, 1990 and Flamingo/ HarperCollins, UK, 1992); The Gourmet Club: A Sextet (in collaboration with Anthony Chambers, Kodansha International, Japan, 2001); and Kanai Mieko's The Word Book (Dalkey Archive, USA, 2009). A Cat, a Man, and Two Women was awarded the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for a Translation of Japanese Literature, administered by the Donald Keene Center at Columbia University, in 1991.