The Official Website of Dangerous Illusions, a Novel by Joseph J. Gabriele

The Official Website of Dangerous Illusions, a Novel by Joseph J. Gabriele


Dangerous Illusions, Joseph J. Gabriele’s first work of fiction, is the result of two lifelong passions—writing and music. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton encouraged his writing while he was still in his teens and suggested he attend Boston University where she was affiliated with the English Department. At a time when Helen Vendler chaired the department, he studied English Language and Literature, launched and edited the “Poetry Page” of the Daily Free Press, and graduated with honors and distinction after writing his senior thesis, “Narrative Technique: Angle of Vision and Point of View.”

His love of music was fueled, as a child, by classical snare and tympani studies with William Gussak who recorded with Louis Armstrong and Bill Haley, among others. In his teen years, he also studied jazz technique with the legendary drummer and teacher Joe Morello of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, before turning down a recording contract with John Hammond at Columbia Records to pursue an even greater passion for literature at Boston University. Nonetheless, he remains an active member of the Percussive Arts Society.

His publishing career includes experience at a number of leading New York trade publishers, including Doubleday & Company, John Wiley & Sons, and Simon & Schuster. He is a member of the Authors Guild and resides in Manhattan.