Coming in February 2016 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.

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.  Bursting out of the Jamesian frame, Constance Fenimore Woolson comes alive as an artist and a woman. –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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                Photo by Jennifer Zdon.