Writers in Residence - Fall Quarter 2003

Alexander StilleAlexander Stille

Alexander Stille taught The Art of Expository Prose: Narrative Nonfiction.

Alexander Stille's first book, Benevolence & Betrayal: Five Italian-Jewish Families Under Fascism came out in 1991 and won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for best work of history for 1992. He worked as a free-lance correspondent in Italy for The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report and the Toronto Globe & Mail from 1990 to 1993. During that time, he did the research for his second book, Excellent Cadavers: The Mafia and the Death of the First Italian Republic. His latest book, The Future of the Past, was published this spring. The book is an exploration of the cultural impact of technological change and its effect on our relation to the historical past. Many of its chapters appeared in shortened form in The New Yorker. Stille is also a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Arts & Ideas page as well as to The New York Review of Books. He is also the editor of Correspondence a magazine of international culture.

In 1996 Stille was given the Alicia Patterson Foundation award for journalism 1996. In 1998, he received a Citation for Excellence in Environmental Reporting from the Overseas Press Club for "The Ganges Next Life," (The New Yorker, Jan. 19, 1998). In 2002, he received The Washington Monthly's Monthly Journalism Award for "Textbook Publishers Learn: Avoid Messing with Texas," (The New York Times, June 29, 2002).