Books by Louise DeSalvo

Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Elementary in many ways but infused with the faith of a true believer."
Note to aspiring writers: Slow down. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 2004

"As in life, past tense unites with present in this juicy, tender text, seasoned with fear, loathing, and love served Italian style. Suitable for literary ladies, sensitive guys, and others, too."
Employing her crusty step-grandmother's crusty Italian bread instead of a madeleine, memoirist and biographer DeSalvo (Adultery, 2000, etc.) adds to her remembrance of an operatic past. Read full book review >
ADULTERY by Louise DeSalvo
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Given DeSalvo's unbending belief that adultery is the critical experience in many people's lives, it might resonate most with those who have a personal stake in the subject."
As the nation emerges from its obsession with the Monica Lewinsky affair, DeSalvo reflects on adultery's positive and negative effects on marriage. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1999

"Her guide is a reasonable starting point for those who hope she's right."
How writing can be used to recover from trauma and as a tool for personal growth: encouragement and suggestions from a professor of literature and creative writing. Read full book review >
BREATHLESS by Louise DeSalvo
Released: April 21, 1997

"DeSalvo delivers."
A deeply personal exploration of asthma that encompasses not simply the author's subjective experience, but its impact on some notable literary personages. Read full book review >
VERTIGO by Louise DeSalvo
Released: Aug. 21, 1996

A biographer and literary critic's memoir of growing up in Hoboken, N.J., in a claustrophobic Italian-American family. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"A work that reveals a disturbing fascination with the rottenness at the core of some literature and delivers it with the relish of a tabloid."
DeSalvo (Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work, 1989) demonstrates that when the act of creation is also one of revenge, the primal ooze of literature can be extremely foul. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 1989

Virginia Woolf scholar DeSalvo (coeditor of The Letters of Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf, 1984) applies great sensitivity as well as an understanding of the lasting trauma of child abuse to this important and painful new look at Woolf's presumed "madness," her suicide, and her literary and intellectual accomplishments. Read full book review >