Joseph Luzzi is professor of comparative literature at Bard College, where he has taught for more than a decade. His most recent books are In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love, and My Two Italies, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.
An active critic, his essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, the Times Literary Supplement, and many other publications. He is the author of the audio courses In Michelangelo’s Shadow, The Blessed Lens, and The Art of Reading. His honors include an essay award from the Dante Society of America, a teaching prize from Yale, and a fellowship from the National Humanities Center.
Luzzi lectures widely on Italy, literature, art, and film. The first American-born child in his Italian immigrant family, Luzzi received his doctorate degree from Yale and lives in the Hudson Valley.