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Brenda Wineapple
In addition to 'Ecstatic Nation' (a 'New York Times' "Notable Book") Brenda Wineapple is the author of 'White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson,' a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, a 'New York Times' "Notable Book," and named best... show more
In addition to 'Ecstatic Nation' (a 'New York Times' "Notable Book") Brenda Wineapple is the author of 'White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson,' a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, a 'New York Times' "Notable Book," and named best nonfiction of 2008 in 'The Washington Post,' 'The Christian Science Monitor,' 'The Economist,' among many other publications. Her earlier books include 'Hawthorne : A Life,' winner of the Ambassador Book Award for the Best Biography of 2003; 'Sister Brother Gertrude and Leo Stein'; 'GenĂȘt: A Biography of Janet Flanner.' In 2014 she received a the prestigious Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; she's also received a Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim, an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, and two National Endowment Humanities Fellowships. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Society of American Historians, and the New York Institute of the Humanities.
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Reflections rated it 6 years ago
Ecstatic Nation caught me up completely with its a sweeping, exuberant, unflinching cultural and political history of the era surrounding the American Civil War, 1848--1877, years when the country was deeply divided by slavery, fiercely debating the rights of women, and bent on expanding westward in...
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A very strong mid-20th century novel prose style combined with the unique and dying class divisions theme and a nicely placed narrator (who is the child of a couple of the characters, but for a while keeping it a mystery to the reader what exactly this child's status was). Nancy Mitford said it was ...
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