About Amanda Vaill

Amanda Vaill (CBA ’17) is a biographer, journalist, and screenwriter with an interest in arts and culture. Her books include the bestselling Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy – A Lost Generation Love; Story; Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins; and most recently Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War. She is the author of the Emmy-nominated screenplay for the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning documentary, Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About. Her journalism and criticism have appeared in numerous periodicals, from The American Scholar and Architectural Digest to Travel & Leisure and The Washington Post. A finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and a 1999 Guggenheim Fellow, she is working on a biography of the Schuyler sisters, the wife and sister-in-law of Alexander Hamilton.

The Journey Taken: The Writings of Jerome Robbins

At The Center, Vaill edited a selection of Robbins’s letters, diaries, work notebooks, memoirs, and other writings into a volume- complete for Robbins’s centenary in 2018, that chronicle his life as it looked from the inside- from his childhood and his struggles as an aspiring but unrealized artist, through his glory days as a revolutionary force in American theater and dance, to his latter years, in which he strove to reconcile his conflicts and ensure his legacy.


CBA Fellows listening during Amanda Vaill seminar.
CBA Fellows listening during Amanda Vaill seminar.