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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Judith Testa  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1943 in New York

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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.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

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

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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 Number: 38120654

Northern Illinois University Press,. .

Sal Maglie :
ISBN: 0875803679. OCLC Number: 65407334

Northern Illinois University Press,. .