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Joan Acocella
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Joan Acocella is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where she covers dance and books. She has also written for The New York Review of Books and The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of the critical biography Mark Morris; Creating Hysteria: Women and Multiple Personality Disorder; and Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. She edited the unexpurgated Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky and, with Lynn Garafola, André Levinson on Dance. Acocella was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York.

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Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints
Written by Joan Acocella

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $18.95

Here is a dazzling collection from Joan Acocella, one of our most admired cultural critics: thirty-one essays that consider the life and work of some of the most influential artists of our time (and two saints: Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene).

Acocella writes about Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and chemist... Read more >

28 Artists & 2 Saints

Written by Joan Acocella

Format: eBook, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $14.99

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Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism

Written by Joan Acocella

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 2002
Price: $15.00

Joan Acocella’s acute and often very funny critique of the critics untangles Cather’s reputation from decades of politically motivated misreadings, and proposes her own view of Cather’s genius. Serving also as a concise and graceful summary of Cather’s life and work, Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism is a refreshing... Read more >

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Written by Bram Stoker
Introduction by Joan Acocella

Format: Hardcover, 440 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $23.00

Since its publication in 1897, Dracula has enthralled generation after generation of readers with the same spellbinding power with which Count Dracula enthralls his victims. Though Bram Stoker did not invent vampires, and in fact based his character’s life-in-death on extensive research in European folklore, his novel elevated the nocturnal creature... Read more >
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