Leigh A. Arrathoon was born November 30, 1942. She received her A.B. from Hunter College in 1963, her M.A. in French and another in Spanish from Stanford University in 1966 &1968, & her M.A. & Ph.D. in French Medieval Studies from Princeton University in 1975. She has also studied at the Universities of Geneva, Lausanne, Lille, & Oxford.
She has published articles on Old French literature and Chaucer in Language and Style, Romance Philology, & Ball State University Forum, where her article, "The Two Saras of Chaucer's Merchant's Tale," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, & three academic books: The Lady of Vergi, The Craft of Fiction: Essays in Medieval Poetics, and Chaucer and the Craft of Fiction.