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AMANDA VAILL is currently at work on a biography of the Schuyler sisters, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler Church; and she's editing a volume of the letters, journals, and other writings of the choreographer-director Jerome Robbins for his centenary in 2018. She is the author of Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War; Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins; and the bestselling Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy – A Lost Generation Love Story, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in biography. She is also co-author of Seaman Schepps: A Century of New York Jewelry Design, an illustrated study of the work of her designer grandfather, and has edited or contributed t ...more

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Waiting for It

... That’s kind of how you feel when you’re waiting for the public unveiling of something you’ve spent years of work and emotional, psychological, and intellectual capital on: as if you’re walking unprotected into a falling rock zone.

Fortunately, the first substantial “public” review of Hotel Florida has just appeared – early! – in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and it’s not a falling rock, it’s a... Read more of this blog post »
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“how to write truly and having found what is true, to project it in such a way that it becomes part of the experience of the person who reads it.”
Amanda Vaill, Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War

“There can be no compromise, no truce,” the general told Allen then. “I shall advance. I shall take the capital. I will save Spain from marxism at whatever cost.” “That means,” Allen asked, for clarification, “that you will have to shoot half Spain?” Franco smiled. “I said whatever the cost.” The Spanish Civil War had begun.”
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