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
During her fellowship at CBA, 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.