Louise DeSalvo

Louise DeSalvo

Until her recent retirement, Louise DeSalvo was the Jenny Hunter Professor of Literature and Creative Writing where she founded the MFA in Memoir Program. Since the mid-1970s, she has studied the creative process and researched how works of art come into being. She has published more than twenty books, among them, the landmark Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Sexual Abuse on Her Life and Work, two books about writing (Writing as a Way of Healing and The Art of Slow Writing), and several memoirs, among them, Vertigo (winner of the Gay Talese Award), Crazy in the Kitchen, Breathless, Adultery, On Moving, Chasing Ghosts. A collection of her memoir pieces, The House of Early Sorrows, will be published by Fordham University Press in 2018. She is currently writing a book about her sister’s suicide and a memoir about living with cancer.

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