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Daniel Mendelsohn (born 1960) is an American author and critic.

Life and career

Mendelsohn was born in Long Islandmarker. He graduated with a B. A. in Classics from the University of Virginiamarker, which he attended from 1978 to 1982 as an Echols Scholar, and received his M. A. and Ph. D. in Classics from Princeton Universitymarker, where he was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities.

Upon completing his Ph.D. in 1994, Mendelsohn began a career in journalism in New York Citymarker. His review-essays about books, films, and theater appear frequently in The New York Review of Books. Between 2000 and 2002 he was the weekly book critic for New York Magazine, and his work has appeared as well in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, The Paris Review, The New Republic, and many other publications.

In 2005 Mendelsohn was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for a translation of Cavafy's "Unfinished" poems, with commentary. His other honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing (2000) and the George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism (2002).

Mendelsohn's academic speciality is Greek (especially Euripidean) tragedy; he has also published scholarly articles about Roman poetry and Greek religion. From 1994 to 2002, he was a Lecturer in the Classics department at Princeton University. Currently, he holds the Charles Ranlett Flint Chair in Humanities at Bard Collegemarker. In April 2008, he was the Richard Holbrooke Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin, Germanymarker. In the Spring of 2010, he will be a Critic-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome.

Mendelsohn is openly gay. He is the brother of the film director Eric Mendelsohn and photographer Matt Mendelsohn.

Bibliography

Mendelsohn is the author of six books:

  • The Elusive Embrace, a memoir entwining themes of homosexual identity, family history, and Classical myth and literature, was published in 1999 by Alfred A. Knopf, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. It was published in a French translation as L'├ętreinte fugitive by Flammarion in January, 2009.


  • Gender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays, a scholarly study of Greek tragedy, published by Oxford University Press in 2002, with a paperback edition published in 2005.




  • How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken, a collection of his essays on literature and the arts, mostly from The New York Review of Books, was published in August, 2008.


  • C. P. Cavafy: Collected Poems and C. P. Cavafy: The Unfinished Poems, published simultaneously in March, 2009. The latter volume, which is the first English translation of the thirty unfinished drafts that Cavafy left when he died in 1933, is based on the reconstructions of the Italian Neohellenist Renata Lavagnini.


References

  1. 'An Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn', Random House website [1]


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