Mendelsohn, Daniel

Persona

Nato a Long Island nel 1960, Daniel Mendelsohn si laurea in Lettere Classiche all'Università della Virginia e, dopo il conseguimento di un dottorato presso la prestigiosa Università di Princeton, nel 1994 comincia la sua carriera giornalistica collaborando con importanti testate come "The New Yorker", "The New York Times", "New York", "The New York Review of Books", "The Nation", "Esquire", e "The Paris Review". Intellettuale colto e raffinato riceve molti riconoscimenti tra cui nel 2001 il National Book Critics Award for the Excellence in Reviewing per le critiche letterarie sul "New York Magazine" e nel 2002 il George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism per le recensioni di spettacoli teatrali, film e libri redatte per "The New York Review of Books". Daniel Mendelsohn è anche autore di diversi libri tra cui un saggio sulla storia della famiglia e dell'identità sessuale, "The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity" del 1999, uno studio sulla tragedia greca, "Gender and The City in Euripide's Political Plays" del 2002, e una raccolta di saggi d'arte e letteratura, "How Beautyful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken" del 2008. Nel 2006 pubblica "The Lost: A Search of Six of Six Million", tradotto anche in italiano ("Scomparsi", Neri Pozza 2007), in cui l'autore racconta i cinque anni trascorsi viaggiando attorno al mondo per cercare di ricostruire le sorti di sei parenti spariti durante l'Olocausto. Un libro intenso per il quale ha ricevuto numerosi premi come il National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography e il National Jewish Book Award for Biography/Autobiography.

Born on Long Island in 1960, Daniel Mendelsohn graduated in Classical Studies at the University of Virginia and after his research doctorate at the prestigious University of Princeton, in 1994 he started his career as a journalist with important newspapers such as "The New Yorker", "The New York Times", "New York", "The New York Review of Books", "The Nation", "Esquire", and "The Paris Review". A learned and refined intellectual, he was awarded many prizes including the 2001 National Book Critics Awards for the Excellence in Reviewing for his reviews in the "New York Magazine" and in 2002 the George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism for theatre plays, films and books written for "The New York Review of Books". Daniel Mendelsohn is also the author of several books including an essay on the history of family and sexual identity "The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity" in 1999, a study on Greek tragedy, "Gender and the City in Euripide's Political Plays" in 2002 and a collection of art and literature essays "How Beautiful It is and How Easily It can be Broken" in 2008. In 2006 he published "The Lost: a Search of Six of Six Million", translated in Italian as well ("Scomparsi", Neri Pozza 2007), where the author tells the five years spent travelling around the world trying to find out the destiny of six relatives disappeared during the Holocaust. An intense book which was awarded several prizes such as the National Book Critics Circle Award for Memoir/Autobiography and the National Jewish Book Award for Biography/Autobiography.

Bibliografia

"Scomparsi", Neri Pozza, 2007
"Bellezza e fragilità", Neri Pozza, 2009