JOSEPH MARKULIN
Historic and comic author

The author is a defrocked professor of Italian and Comparative literature with a specialization in Medieval and Renaissance studies. After a brief but brilliant academic career including publications on subjects ranging from Dante, Boccaccio and Machiavelli to Fellini and contemporary Italian cinema, he moved to New York where he joined the fast moving, not to say Machiavellian world of public relations. In addition to speechwriting, annual reports and corporate histories, he has ghosted reams of articles and op-ed pieces that have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, etc.

Joe Markulin currently lives in an impregnable fortress in the Catskills in upstate New York where he raises organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, chickens, and small, edible mammals. When not meticulously restoring old barns, gracious farmsteads and other historically significant structures, he is a disc jockey at WIOX where he hosts In Heaven There Is No Beer, a weekly radio show billed as “late night accordion music for consenting adults.”

Selected Works

Historical Fiction
Machiavelli is a big, obstreperous historical novel set in Florence during the Italian Renaissance. This epic piece of storytelling brings the world of fifteenth-century Italy to life as it traces Machiavelli’s rise from young boy to controversial political thinker.

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