Speaking Endorsements

At One Day University we work with over 200 different professors, and Joseph Luzzi is one of the very best. His ability to connect with any audience and explain complex material in an interesting and accessible way is quite remarkable. Plus, he has substantial expertise in so many areas (literature, film, history, language, etc.) that I can honestly say Professor Luzzi is a ‘Renaissance Man.’
— Steven Schragis, Founder/Director, One Day University, New York, NY
As an educator and author, Joseph Luzzi, represents brilliance, charm, elegance, and formidable knowledge. His enthusiasm for literature, especially Dante, is intoxicating and awe-inspiring. One has the feeling, whether hearing or reading him, of the deep passion and profound appreciation he possesses on a dazzling variety of subjects. His felicity of language in conveying his insights and observations is exemplary! RoundTable Cultural Seminars, an adult education organization, is honored to be one of the recipients of his extraordinary intellect. “
— Nancy Becker and Adriana Mnuchin, RoundTable Cultural Seminars, New York, NY
Joseph is an excellent speaker, with great knowledge, insight, and enthusiasm about his topics…[He] speaks and writes from the heart.”
— Camille Spicola, President, Italian American Historical Society of Rhode Island
Joseph is a natural speaker who connects well with audiences…Every event we have scheduled has been well received and I would happily recommend him as a speaker to any venue that might be considering him.”
— Jessica Wilson, Program Librarian, South Kingstown Public Library/Peace Dale
We had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Luzzi…His presentation was articulate, humorous, and moving. We are happy to know that he has a new book!”
— Fran DePalma, Chair, and Dr. Louis Iozzi, Chariman, Casa Colombo Center for the Arts

Literary Endorsements

Powerful and indispensable, [In a Dark Wood by] Joseph Luzzi unites emotion and ideas in a work that defies categorization, except for the category marked ‘brilliant.’ If every academic wrote like this, the humanities would be prospering.”
— Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author of Little Failure and Super Sad True Love Story
Joseph Luzzi lived through something terrible, and has made something beautiful. In a Dark Wood is a memoir of love and loss; but more than that, it is a powerful testimony to the consolation—even salvation—than an engagement with great literature can supply.”
— Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch
Luzzi’s story [In a Dark Wood] is intensely personal, but holds universal appeal for anyone who has experienced love and loss. As he grasps blindly for routes out of his personal underworld, both he and the reader discover that only a change of mind and heart can open the way to love and fulfillment.”
Booklist
Luzzi honestly grapples with profound questions about being a man and father in this very literary and very personal work.”
Publishers Weekly
A forthright chronicle of emergence from darkness.”
Kirkus Reviews
Luzzi writes with the economy and flair of a novelist…[and] we travel deep inside the emotional process by which the poet [Dante] used his imagination to construct a narrative to deal with grief.”
Chronogram