Alev Lytle Croutier is a writer based in San Francisco, US. She is the author of the non-fiction books Harem: the World behind the Veil and Taking the Waters and the novels The Palace of Tears, Seven Houses, and The Third Woman.
Croutier studied Comparative Literature at Robert College in Istanbul, and left Turkey at the age of 18 in 1963 to study Art History at Oberlin College in the US. She has taught at Dartmouth, Goddard, and San Francisco State University, and lectures at universities, museums, libraries, and conferences on Orientalism, Middle Eastern women, harems, and Turkey.
Croutier co-founded Mercury House publishing company in San Francisco in 1986 and worked as the executive editor for almost a decade. Before becoming a writer, Croutier was a screenwriter and documentary filmmaker in Japan, Turkey, Europe, and the US.