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Wendy Lesser, PhD Biography

Founding Editor of The Threepenny Review
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“The most persuasive reason I can think of not to televise executions, like the most persuasive reason not to have executions, has to do with the effect on us… I’m thinking of what it would mean about us, the audience, if we allowed someone’s actual murder to become our Theater of Cruelty. The danger of a TV execution is that we would not take it personally… it is possible that instead of making the killing more real to us, the sight of a condemned person dying on TV might only acclimate us further to such violent images.”

Pictures at an Execution: An Inquiry into the Subject of Murder, 1998

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founding Editor, The Threepenny Review, 1979-present
  • Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Juror, Pulitzer Prize
  • Former Fellow, New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
  • Former Fellow, American Academy, Berlin
  • Former Fellow, Guggenheim Foundation
  • Former Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Former Fellow, Remarque Institute
  • Recipient, Morton Dauwen Zabel Award for Criticism, American Academy of Arts & Letters
  • Recipient, Jackson/Phelan Award for Nonfiction Prose
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1982
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1977
  • MA, King’s College, Cambridge University
  • BA, Harvard University
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