About My Books

My latest book is Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, published in 2013 by Gotham Books in the U.S. and the Robson Press in England and now available in paperback. I have also written biographies of Louis Armstrong, George Balanchine, and H.L. Mencken, as well as a volume of my collected essays called A Terry Teachout Reader and a memoir called City Limits: Memories of a Small-Town Boy.

The New York Times‘ review of Duke is here. The Economist‘s review is here. The San Francisco Chronicle‘s review is here. Publishers Weekly‘s review is here.

To hear Debbie Millman interview me on Design Matters, go here. To hear John Schaefer interview me on WNYC’s Soundcheck, go here.

To read Darcy James Argue’s “Arranging Ellington” interview with me, go here. To read Ethan Iverson’s “Do the Math” interview with me, go here.

My last book was Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the U.S., JR Books in England, Larousse in Brazil, and United Press/Alpina in Russia. To read the New York Times review, go here. To see me talk about Pops with Brian Lamb on C-SPAN’s Q&A, go here.

My previous books include All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine, The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken, and A Terry Teachout Reader, a collection of my essays about American art and culture. You can read excerpts from reviews of these books here.

I have also written a memoir, City Limits: Memories of a Small-Town Boy, edited A Second Mencken Chrestomathy and Ghosts on the Roof: Selected Journalism of Whittaker Chambers, 1931-1959, contributed to The Oxford Companion to Jazz, and written introductions to William Bailey on Canvas, Paul Taylor’s Private Domain: An Autobiography, Gene Lees’ Waiting for Dizzy, and the paperback versions of Richard Stark’s Flashfire and Firebreak and Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado. One of my essays is included in Robert Gottlieb’s Reading Dance, and I contributed notes on recordings by Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa, and Oscar Peterson to Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology.

You can buy any of these books by clicking on the titles.

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