Daniel Mendelsohn is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, where he is Editor-at-Large. His books include the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and many other honours; An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic, about a transformative journey through Homer's epic, shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford and London Hellenic prizes and winner of the Prix Mediterranee; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; a translation, with commentary, of the complete poems of C.P. Cavafy, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; and two collections of essays. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York and teaches at Bard college.
Praise for The Bad Boy of Athens 'Mendelsohn takes the classical costumes off figures like Virgil and Sappho, Homer and Horace ... He writes about things so clearly they come to feel like some of the most important things you have ever been told.' Sebastian Barry 'Captivating ...His is a vast intellect spanning centuries and genres with ease.' BBC Culture Mendelsohn's points are always passionately argued. He strikes the perfect balance between learned and playful ... One fascinating essay after another from one of America's best critics. Kirkus, starred review Praise for Daniel Mendelsohn 'A scrumptious stylist ... He writes better movie criticism than most movie critics, better theatre criticism than most theatre critics and better literary criticism than just about anyone' Guardian 'A brilliant storyteller, influenced by the Greek masters he so admires' The Times 'Mendelsohn is now, and has been for some time, the finest critic alive ... [The essays] proceed from an unparalleled understanding of the Greek and Roman roots of storytelling, which he braids into reviews with a subtlety and patience that is beautiful to behold ... A supremely entertaining book' Toronto Star 'Mendelsohn ... is a gifted and entertaining writer. His prose is gorgeous and lyrical and his subjects are smartly considered and freshly revealed' Vanity Fair 'Absolutely vital in both senses of the word - required reading for anyone interested in dissecting culture' The Daily Beast 'A joy from start to finish ... A wonderfully eclectic set of musings on the state of contemporary culture and the enduring riches of classical literature' Publishers Weekly