Noah Charney

Noah Charney – Ghostwriter

I am an internationally best-selling author and Pulitzer finalist, a professor of art history and columnist happy to help other authors.


It's a fair enough question to ask what a best-selling, Pulitzer finalist author (for my 2017 book, Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art) and finalist for the Digital Book World awards (for my 2018 book, The Museum of Lost Art) is doing on a site like this. The answer is that my interest in projects and productivity far outpaces the publishing industry. Through my agent I publish a book every year and a half or so, which is about as much as the market will allow a single author not named Stephen King or James Patterson. My books are critically-acclaimed and covered everywhere, from the New York Times to the Guardian to NYRB and beyond, but a quicker publication pace is not recommended than what I already keep up. And so I'm happy to work with other good authors, to help them through content editing (I'm a specialist in preparing winning non-fiction book proposals) and ghostwriting. It keeps me fresh and exploring new fields beyond my areas of expertise, helping interesting people. I've been teaching the mechanics of how to become an author for many years (how to get an agent, how to write a winning book proposal, how to navigate the publishing world, how to convince an editor to commission an article), which is rarely taught, and I'm also happy to share this knowledge. You're welcome to be in touch if I can help you in any of these ways. I live in Slovenia (believe it or not), but this is no problem in terms of collaborating, as I've helped authors from around the world. I'm happy to help you, too.
Antiques & Collectibles Art Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits History
Cultural & Ethnic Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime
English (UK) English (US)
  • Finalist, Pulitzer Prize
  • Finalist, Digital World Books Awards
  • Finalist, Slovenian National Book Award
  • Author of best-selling books in 5 different countries
  • Author of books published in 17 countries, 14 languages

Work experience

Yale Alumni College

Jan, 2024 — Present

I teach online courses for Yale University

The Guardian

Jan, 2014 — Present

The Art Newspaper

Jan, 2014 — Present

University of Ljubljana

Jan, 2013 — Present

The Washington Post

Jan, 2013 — Present

The Observer

Jan, 2012 — Present

The European Review (

Jan, 2012 — Present

The Journal of Art Crime

Jan, 2009 — Present

ARCA (Association for Research into Crimes against Art)

Jan, 2007 — Present


Gold Wine: Rebula, the Liquid Gold That Links Slovenia and Italy

Charney, Noah

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Making It: The Artist's Survival Guide


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

The Slavic Myths

Charney, Noah

Thames & Hudson

Brushed Aside: The Untold Story of Women in Art

Charney, Noah

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Fine wine is a multi-million dollar industry, and is fraught with peril. From forged bottles to fraudulent contents, from mislabeled wine to misled consumers, wine has been faked, forged, and used for fraud for as long as it has been consumed. This long read e... read more
This short e-book, adapted from Noah Charney's book Stealing the Mystic Lamb, tells the dramatic story of the rescue of The Ghent Altarpiece from Nazi pillagers.As the Nazis stormed across Europe during the Second World War, hundreds of thousands of artworks d... read more
Through the use of case examples and careful examination, this book presents the first interdisciplinary essay collection on the study of art crime, and its effect on all aspects of the art world. Contributors discuss art crime subcategories, including vandali... read more
Rome: In the small Baroque church of Santa Giuliana, a magnificent Caravaggio altarpiece disappears without a trace in the middle of the night. Paris: In the basement vault of the Malevich Society, curator Geneviéve Delacloche is shocked to discover the disapp... read more
Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait, called the Mona Lisa, is without doubt the world’s most famous painting. It achieved its fame not only because it is a remarkable example of Renaissance portraiture, created by an acclaimed artistic and scientific genius, but beca... read more
Since the Second World War, art crime has shifted from a relatively innocuous, often ideological crime, into a major international problem, considered by some to be the third-highest grossing criminal trade worldwide. This rich volume features essays on art cr... read more
“Readers curious about the making of Renaissance art, its cast of characters and political intrigue, will find much to relish in these pages.” ―Wall Street JournalGiorgio Vasari (1511–1574) was a man of many talents―a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and ... read more
Jan van Eyck's Ghent Altarpiece is on any art historian's list of the ten most important paintings ever made. It is also the most frequently stolen artwork of all time. Since its completion in 1432, this twelve-panel oil painting has been looted in three diffe... read more
Slovenology is part memoir, part essay collection, part travel writing, and part guidebook. It is meant to act as a guide-in-hand while visiting Slovenia, but it can be read just as well from the comfort of your own home to give you a deep­er and more colorful... read more
True tales of lost art, built around case studies of famous works, their creators, and stories of disappearance and recoveryFrom the bestselling author of The Art of Forgery comes this dynamic narrative that tells the fascinating stories of artworks stolen, lo... read more
The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of the Master Forgers explores the stories, dramas and human intrigues surrounding the world's most famous forgeries - investigating the motivations of the artists and criminals who have faked great works of a... read more

Noah has 5 reviews





Stuart K.

Stuart K.

Dec, 2022

It's been a distinct honor, pleasure, and privilege to work with Noah.
Mark A.

Mark A.

May, 2022

rick O.

rick O.

Jul, 2021

Noah has been great to work with. He's listens and communicates very well and is creating a very nice product for me.


Jan, 2021

Noah C.
Thanks so much, Vishal, it was a pleasure to work with you and I wish you all the best on your impressive book project!
Jan M.

Jan M.

Dec, 2020

Working together with Noah was a complete pleasure. He is punctual, brilliant, kind, and very professional. Will be happy to work with him again at anytime

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