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Judith Testa

Born: 1943 in New York
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Testa taught at Northern Illinois University and currently resides in St. Charles.

Biography: Judith Testa, a former professor at Northern Illinois University, grew up as a baseball fan in the New York City area in the 1950s. She moved to the Midwest to go to graduate school and spent her professional career at Northern Illinois University. While there, she taught History of Art, published scholarly books and articles, and received several awards for excellence in teaching. After a career devoted to teaching, talking and writing about art, during retirement she returned to a childhood love: baseball. The result was the publication of a biography of a star pitcher from the 1950s, a sinister, almost satanic-looking righthander named Sal “The Barber” Maglie. The book, titled Sal Maglie. Baseball’s Demon Barber, was published in 2007 and won an award from the Society of Midland Authors as the best biography of 2007.


Judith Testa on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  An art lover's guide to Florence
ISBN: 9781609090630 OCLC: 776874764

No city but Florence contains such an intense concentration of art produced in such a short span of time ... while most guidebooks offer only brief descriptions of a large number of works, with little discussion of the historical background, Judith Testa gives a fresh perspective on the rich and brilliant art of the Florentine Renaissance ... Concentrating on a number of the greatest works by such masters as Botticelli and MIchelangelo, Testa explains each piece in terms of what it meant to the people who produced it and for whom it was made ...--Back cover.

Rome is love spelled backward (Roma Amor) :
ISBN: 0875802370 OCLC: 38120654

Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb : 1998.

Sal Maglie :
ISBN: 0875803679 OCLC: 65407334

Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb, Ill. : ©2007.