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Joan Acocella

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
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2008
$18.95/21.50(Canada) | 978-0-307-27576-9 (0-307-27576-0)

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






Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism
Written by Joan Acocella
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2002
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71295-1 (0-375-71295-X)

In this brilliant, impassioned and controversial book, New Yorker critic Joan Acocella argues that twentieth-century literary critics from the Left and Right have misused Willa Cather and her works for their own political ends, and, in doing so, have either ignored or obscured her true literary achievement. In an acute and... Read more






Dracula
Written by Bram Stoker, Introduction by Joan Acocella
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | May 2010
$23.00/26.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-59385-6 (0-307-59385-1)

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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