Myrna Bell Rochester (A.B. Romance Languages, University of Chicago; M.A. and Ph.D. French, U.C.L.A.). Her doctoral thesis on the surrealist poet and novelist René Crevel (1900-1935) was directed by the late Professor O. F. Pucciani and published in the Stanford University French and Italian Studies (as René Crevel: Le Pays des miroirs absolus). Dr. Rochester has taught at U.C.L.A., Stanford University, and Menlo College, and has written college and university texts in French for McGraw-Hill (Rendez-vous, Entrée en scène, Bonjour, ça va? , and Vis-à-vis).
She has co-edited unabridged editions of French literary classics with Focus Publishing (Newburyport, Massachusetts), including Camara Laye's L'enfant noir, Molière's L'École des femmes, Maupassant's Pierre et Jean, Voltaire's Candide, and Corneille's Le Cid. Her critical work also includes studies of Simone de Beauvoir, Béatrix Beck, Dominique Desanti (in whose honor she co-edited a Festschrift for Dalhousie French Studies), and other women writers of the World War II era. She contributed English translations to Surrealist Women: An International Anthology (ed. Penelope Rosemont) and Black, Brown, and Beige: Surrealist Writings from Africa and the Diaspora (eds. Franklin Rosemont and Robin D.G. Kelley), in the Surrealist Revolution series at the University of Texas Press.