1950- b. New York City, novelist, dramatist, scholar, literary critic, lecturer, David was born and raised in Queens NY. From 1972-1985 he worked in New York as a writer and editor. In 1985 David fulfilled a desire to teach and became an English teacher at Cardozo High School, a magnet school and one of the most recognized high schools in the U.S. In 1988, with his English Chair, John Walsh, he co-wrote an integrated reading/writing/literature curriculum first implemented at Cardozo and then in all of the high schools in Queens. Since 1990 Mr. Walsh has taught this curriculum to teachers. In 1991 David and his wife Carol moved to Chapel Hill N.C. where he became an administrator/English instructor at a community college while his wife attended graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill. In 1999,
they moved again to California for Carol's first position as a professor. They missed the East Coast and returned in 2001 to Washington D.C., then Douglassville, PA in July 2002, where David completed course work for a PhD at Temple University, and back to North Carolina in Dec. 2003. David and Carol like staying at home with their cats, Huxley, Max, Princess, Phoebe, and Luca who are featured in his fantasy novellas Maximus in Catland, and Purring Heights.
David's recent efforts in writing about authors and their work began with his interest in Vedanta philosophy (the ancient East Indian Vedic scriptures such as the Bhagavad-Gita and the Upanishads), which led him to the mystical writings of Aldous Huxley, then Christopher Isherwood, which turned to his being a fan of both and their literary work. This led to W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender and the Auden Generation in general, which took him to a more diversified interest in the 1920s and 1930s in both the U.K. and U.S. The Auden gang is counter pointed by the Yale club of Stephen Vincent Benet, Archibald MacLeish, and Thornton Wilder. Both groups are the umbrellas over dozens of more literary figures from their eras. Izzo is a collector and has first editions of his core writers and many others, as well as over 300 signed books, letters, etc. The one notable exception out of this period is the brilliant contemporary American writer Richard Stern.
The other novel he has written is the historical novel about the Huxley and Auden gangs, A Change of Heart (2003) nominated for three awards; there is a one-man play (performed by Izzo), The American World of Stephen Vincent Benet, and that was published in 1999; and the short play of urban tragedy, "Wrath," performed and published in 2003. His non fiction includes six scholarly studies, Aldous Huxley and W. H. Auden On Language (1998), Christopher Isherwood: His Era, His Gang, and the Legacy of the Truly Strong Man (2001, nominated for Phi Beta Kappa and MLA awards in literary criticism), The Writings of Richard Stern: The Education of an Intellectual Everyman (2001), W.H. Auden Encyclopedia (2004), Christopher Isherwood Encyclopedia (2005), and The Influence of Mysticism on 20th Century British and American Literature (2009).
He has edited and contributed to two essay collections, W.H. Auden: A Legacy (2002), Casebook: Aldous Huxley's Time Must Have a Stop 2007), and Advocates and Activists: 1919-1941 (2003), and he has co-edited and contributed to the essay collections, Thornton Wilder: New Essays (1998, Blank, Brunauer), Stephen Vincent Benet (2002, Konkle), Henry James Against the Aesthetic Movement (2005, O'Hara), Casebook: Aldous Huxley's Point Counterpoint (2007, McShane), Huxley's Brave New World: Essays (2009, Kirkpatrick), and Charles Chesnutt Reappraised (2009, Orban). Izzo's work on Thornton Wilder has won him acclaim in Russia and Germany where Wilder is revered.