Brian D'Amato

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Brian D'Amato is an American author and sculptor.


When he was young, his father taught at Wellesley College. During this time, Hillary Clinton (at the time, named Hillary Rodham), a student at the college, babysat him.[1]

D'Amato went to high school at New Trier High School in the suburbs of Chicago.[1]

D'Amato received a BA from Yale University and an MA from the CUNY Graduate Center.[2] At Yale, D'Amato studied with John Hollander, Erwin Hauer, and William H. Bailey. At the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, he studied with Robert Pincus-Witten.

In the 1990s, D'Amato showed sculptures and installations at galleries and museums including the Whitney Museum, the Wexner Center for the Arts,[3] and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.[4] He has written for magazines, including Harper's Bazaar, Index Magazine, Vogue, Flash Art, and Artforum, and he has taught art and art history at the City University of New York, Ohio State University, and Yale University.[5]

D'Amato's 1992 novel, Beauty, a thriller (with horror elements) about cosmetic surgery, was translated into several languages.[5][6] His next novel, titled In the Courts of the Sun, was published by Dutton in 2009.[7] New American Library published a trade paperback edition in 2009. Its sequel, The Sacrifice Game, was published by Dutton 2012.[8] Beauty was republished by Little, Brown and Company's Mulholland Classics line in 2013.[9] D'Amato's work is often associated with the genres of Biopunk, Transhumanism in fiction, and Posthumanism. D'Amato is the son of Northwestern Law professor Anthony D'Amato and mystery novelist Barbara D'Amato.[2]



  1. ^ a b Hamilton, Terri Finch (31 May 2009). "Profile: Artist and author Brian D'amato is a man of many talents". mlive. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b Article in "Profile: Artist and author Brian D'amato is a man of many talents"
  3. ^ Article in "Softworlds (Janine Cirincione, Brian D'Amato, and Michael Ferraro)"
  4. ^ Article in "Occupied Territory: A New Museum Trilogy"
  5. ^ a b Chris Morgan, "D'Amato, Brian", David Pringle, St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers. London : St. James Press, 1998, ISBN 1558622063 (pp 165-166).
  6. ^ d'Amato, Brian (1992). Beauty: A Novel. ISBN 9780385306768.
  7. ^ "Penguin Random House: Authors"
  8. ^ d'Amato, Brian (2012). The Sacrifice Game. ISBN 9780525952411.
  9. ^ d'Amato, Brian (12 March 2013). Beauty. ISBN 9780316217248.

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