Joseph Luzzi

Johanna Lawshea

Joseph Luzzi holds a doctorate from Yale and teaches at Bard. He is the author of My Two Italies, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy, which won the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association. His essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, and the Times Literary Supplement. In his latest book, In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (Harper Wave), Luzzi finds the answer to the question, “Where do we turn when we lose everything?” in Dante’s The Divine Comedy. When Luzzi’s pregnant wife was in a car accident—and died forty-five minutes after giving birth to their daughter, Isabel—he finds himself a widower and first-time father at the same moment. While he grieves and cares for his infant daughter, he turns to Dante’s Divine Comedy for solace. Luzzi’s book is a hybrid of heart-rending memoir and critical insight into one of the greatest pieces of literature in all of history. In a Dark Wood draws us into man’s descent into hell and back.