Judith Testa

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General Information

Name: Judith Testa

Pen Name: None

Born: 1943 in New York

Website: www.judithtesta.com

Email: jtesta@niu.edu and judithtesta@comcast.net

Illinois Connection

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

Biographical and Professional Information

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.

Published Works

  • Rome is Love Spelled Backward, Enjoying Art and Atchitecture in the Eternal City, Northern Illinois University, 1998
  • Sal Maglie: Baseball's Demon Barber, Northern Illinois University, 2007
  • An Art Lover's Guide to Florence, Northern Illinois University Press, 2012

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Literary Awards


Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Judith Testa on WorldCat

Judith Testa on Amazon


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