Daniel Mendelsohn  

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Daniel Mendelsohn (born 1960), an American memoirist, essayist, critic, columnist, and translator, is the Editor at Large of the New York Review of Books. He is also the Director of the Robert B. Silvers Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to supporting writers of nonfiction.

He is the author of The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999), a memoir entwining themes of gay identity, family history, and Classical myth and literature, was named a The New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year.


  • The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity, Alfred A. Knopf, 1999
  • Gender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays, Oxford University Press, 2002
  • The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, HarperCollins, 2006
  • How Beautiful It Is And How Easily It Can Be Broken, HarperCollins, 2008
  • C. P. Cavafy: Collected Poems and C. P. Cavafy: The Unfinished Poems, Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. Both reedited under one edition C. P. Cavafy: Complete Poems, Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
  • Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture, New York Review Books, 2012
  • An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, Knopf, 2017
  • The Bad Boy of Athens: Musing on Culture from Sappho to Spider-Man, William Collins, July 2019
  • Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones, New York Review Books, October 2019
  • How to Read the Classics, William Collins, (forthcoming June 2020)

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