Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik
Vital Statistics
 Name: Adam Gopnik
 Country of Origin: United States of America
 Occupations: Journalist, Historian
 Specialties: Art History
 Year born: 1956
 Age: 64
 ISNI: 0000 0001 0920 717X
 LCNA: n79146475
Original Curator: John Graffio

A staff writer for the New Yorker since 1986, Adam Gopnik was born in Philadelphia and raised in Montreal. He received his BA. in Art History from McGill University, before completing his graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

His first essay in The New Yorker, "Quattrocento Baseball"  appeared in May of 1986 and he served as the magazine’s art critic from 1987 to 1995. That year, he left New York to live and write in Paris, where he wrote the magazine’s “Paris Journal” for the next five years.  His expanded collection of his essays from Paris, Paris To the Moon, appeared in 2000, and was called by the New York Times “the finest book on France in recent years.”

While in Paris, he began work on an adventure novel, The King In The Window, which was published in 2005, and which the Journal of Fantasy & Science Fiction called “a spectacularly fine children’s novel…children’s literature of the highest order, which means literature of the highest order.” He still often writes from Paris for the New Yorker, has edited the anthology Americans In Paris for the Library of America, and has written a number of introductions to new editions of works by Maupassant, Balzac, Proust, Victor Hugo and Alain-Fournier. 

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A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventures of Liberalism
Adam Gopnik - A Thousand Small Sanities
The New York Times-bestselling author offers a stirring defense of liberalism against the dogmatisms of our time. Not since the early twentieth century has liberalism, and liberals, been under such relentless attack, from both right and left. The crisis of...

Thema Categories: Libertarianism, Political economy, Political structures: democracy
Published in: English
Editions available: 5
At The Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York
Adam Gopnik - At the Strangers' Gate
A memoir that captures the romance of New York City in the 1980s. When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site...

Thema Categories: Biography: arts and entertainment
Published in: English
Editions available: 5
Winter: Five Windows on the Season
Adam Gopnik - Winter
A taste for winter, a love of winter — “a mind for winter” — is for many a part of the modern human condition. International bestselling author Adam Gopnik does for this storied season what he did for the City...

Thema Categories: Historical Essays
Published in: English
Editions available: 3
The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food
Adam Gopnik - The Table Comes First
Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing. With our top chefs as deities and finest restaurants as places of pilgrimage, we have made food the stuff of...

Thema Categories: French Cooking, Travel and holiday guides
Published in: English
Editions available: 5
Angel and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life
Adam Gopnik - Angels and Ages
In this captivating double life, Adam Gopnik searches for the men behind the icons of emancipation and evolution. Born by cosmic coincidence on the same day in 1809 and separated by an ocean, Lincoln and Darwin coauthored our sense of...

Thema Categories: Biography: science, technology and medicine
Published in: English
Editions available: 5
The Steps Across the Water
Adam Gopnik - The Steps Across the Water
Rose lives in New York, the city of bright lights and excitement—where extraordinary things happen every day. But Rose wasn’t born in New York; she was adopted and arrived there at age two; and though Rose loves her home and...

Thema Categories: Children's Fantasy & Magic Books
Published in: English
Editions available: 2
Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York
Adam Gopnik - Through the Children's Gate
Not long after Adam Gopnik returned to New York at the end of 2000 with his wife and two small children, they witnessed one of the great and tragic events of the city’s history. In his sketches and glimpses of...

Thema Categories: American History
Published in: English
Editions available: 5
The King in the Window
Adam Gopnik - The King in the Window
A gold crown on an Epiphany cake leads Oliver Parker, a ten-year-old American boy living in Paris with his journalist father, to a secret race of immortal French classical scholars, the Window Wraiths, who believe that Oliver is their ultimate...

Thema Categories: Children's / Teenage fiction: Crime and mystery fiction
Published in: English
Editions available: 2
Paris to the Moon
Adam Gopnik - Paris to the Moon
In 1995, Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamour of the City of Light. Gopnik is a longtime New Yorker writer, and the magazine has...

Thema Categories: Travel Guides: Paris, Travel and holiday guides
Published in: English
Editions available: 5
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