Daniel Mendelsohn

Writer, Critic and Translator and Author

Daniel Mendelsohn, the award-winning writer, critic and translator and author of the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, was born on Long Island and educated at the University of Virginia and at Princeton. His essays, reviews and articles appear in many publications both in the US and abroad, most frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. He has been the weekly book critic for New York magazine and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and is presently a Contributing Editor at Travel + Leisure.

The Lost, published by HarperCollins in 2006, won the National Books Critics Circle Award and the National Jewish Book Award in the United States and the Prix Médicis in France, among many other honors, and has been published in over fifteen languages. Other books include a memoir, The Elusive Embrace (1999), a New York Times Notable Book of the year and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year; two collections of his essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken (2008), a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays From the Classics to Pop Culture (2012); and an acclaimed two-volume translation of the poetry of C. P. Cavafy (2009), also a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

Daniel Mendelsohn’s other honors include a Barnes and Noble Discover Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Book Reviewing, and the George Jean Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism; in 2008 he was named by The Economist as one of the best critics writing in the English language. A member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Association, he lives in New York City and teaches at Bard College.