Coming February 29 from W. W. Norton:

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This first full-length biography of Constance Fenimore Woolson reaffirms her literary stature and evokes her dramatic life.

* Library Journal and Booklist starred reviews

In this eloquent and deeply-researched  biography, Anne Boyd Rioux draws  the  portrait of a 19th-century “lady novelist”  who challenged the era’s trivialization of  women writers and  bias  against female literary ambition. –Elaine Showalter, author of A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx

This is a beautifully researched biography of a talented American writer with a lively intellect and ambitious heart, a woman nonetheless inexorably caught in the crosshairs of 19th-century womanhood. –Natalie Dykstra, author of Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life  

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To celebrate her forthcoming biography of Constance Fenimore Woolson, Anne Boyd Rioux has selected the best of this classic writer’s stories.

Discover the fiction of a writer once deemed America’s “Novelist Laureate.”

Woolson’s stories exhibit “much subtlety, controlled sympathy and writerly skill.” –Colm Toibin, Foreword

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Anne Boyd Rioux is a professor of English and the author and editor of four books. Read more.

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