The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein
by Julie Salamon, Penguin Press, 2011
Bestselling author Julie Salamon's authorized biography of Wendy Wasserstein has garnered major media attention and wide critical acclaim. A revelatory and gratifying read, Wendy and the Lost Boys has people talking again about Wasserstein and about Mount Holyoke College. While bringing to vivid life the undergraduate experience and significant later achievements of one of Mount Holyoke’s best-known alumnae, the biography also showcases the richness and breadth of the Wendy Wasserstein Papers, held at the College's Archives and Special Collections.
As part of her exhaustive research, Salamon spent considerable time with the Wasserstein papers and other related materials in the archives. "I can’t overemphasize the importance of the material at Mount Holyoke," notes Salamon. "It includes not only Wasserstein’s papers but all kinds of references pertaining to her career and student days."
Salamon will return to campus in early November for the official opening of the Wendy Wasserstein Papers and the accompanying exhibition, The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein, on display at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.
About the Author
Julie Salamon has written a series of award-winning books, including Hospital (2008), Facing the Wind (2001), The Net of Dreams (1996), and Rambam’s Ladder (2003). The Devil’s Candy (1991) is considered a Hollywood classic about filmmaking gone awry. Her novella The Christmas Tree (1996) was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into eight languages. To further her work on Wendy and the Lost Boys, she was chosen as a MacDowell Colony Fellow in 2010. She was a reporter and the film critic for The Wall Street Journal for many years, and then a culture writer on the staff of the New York Times. Her journalism has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Bazaar, and the New Republic. She has been an adjunct professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. For Hospital she became a Kaiser Media Fellow for 2006–2007.
Salamon is a graduate of Tufts University and New York University School of Law. She is chair of the BRC, a social services organization in New York City that provides care for people who are homeless and may suffer from addiction or mental disease. She is on the board of Ninosdelaamazonia, a fascinating visual anthropology documenting the lives of the Kukuma Indians in the Peruvian Amazon. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Seaman, Ohio, a rural town of 800, Salamon was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2008.