George Scialabba

Writer, Award Winner

1948 –


Who is George Scialabba?

George Scialabba is a freelance book critic living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His reviews have appeared in the Boston Globe, Dissent, the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Nation, The American Prospect, and many other publications. Scialabba received the first Nona Balakian Excellence in Reviewing Award from the National Book Critics Circle.

Scialabba was born and raised in East Boston, MA to working-class Italian-American parents and, in his younger days, was a member of Opus Dei. He is an alumnus of Harvard University and Columbia University. After working as a substitute teacher and a social worker, he is now a building manager at Harvard.

A collection of his reviews appeared in his first book, Divided Mind, published in 2006. Three subsequent collections of his essays have been published by poet William Corbett's publishing house, Pressed Wafer: What Are Intellectuals Good For?, The Modern Predicament, and For the Republic. The Modern Predicament was chosen by James Wood in The New Yorker's year-end roundup of the best books of the year:

he has an enviably wide range: he writes superbly here about D. H.

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