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Julie Salamon

Julie Salamon is author of the recent best-seller Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein. The book explores the life of the groundbreaking American playwright and offers an up-close look at Wasserstein’s creative process while working on the final versions of such plays as The Heidi Chronicles. Salamon’s biography has been widely praised for its marriage of thorough reporting and can’t-put-it-down storytelling, and was named a “best book” of 2011 by Vogue, Barnes and Noble, Kirkus, and The Kansas City Star.

Salamon’s previous books include Hospital, which tells how complex cultural matters complicate medical care in a big urban hospital, and Rambam’s Ladder, which has attracted wide attention in the philanthropic world and has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Dutch. She is also the author of The Devil’s Candy, which follows the adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s novel Bonfire of the Vanities into a film and is considered a Hollywood classic about filmmaking gone awry.

Salamon was a reporter and the film critic for the Wall Street Journal for many years, and was a staff writer and critic at the New York Times. Her journalism has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Bazaar, and the New Republic, and includes profiles of writers including Norman Mailer, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), Azar Nafisi, and Clarice Lispector.

Online Resources

Review of Wendy… in NYTimes
Salamon profile of Norman Mailer
Salamon on Azar Nafisi (author of Reading Lolita in Tehran) #1
On Azar Nafisi #2

Selected Bibliography

Wendy and the Lost Boys (2011)
Hospital (2009)
Rambam’s Ladder (2003)
The Devil’s Candy (1991)