CHARLES WESLEY EMERSON PROFESSOR
DEPARTMENT OF WRITING, LITERATURE & PUBLISHING
A.B. Harvard University
Megan Marshall is the author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction, and two other nonfiction books. She will be the Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers during 2014-2015. A member of the American Heritage Dictionary's Usage Panel, Marshall has published numerous essays and reviews in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Slate Online, The New York Times Book Review, The London Review of Books, The New Republic, The Boston Review, and elsewhere.
Her biography The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism (Houghton Mifflin, 2005; Mariner Books, 2006) won the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians; the Mark Lynton History Prize, awarded by the Anthony Lukas Prize Project jointly sponsored by the Columbia School of Journalism and Harvard's Nieman Foundation; the Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction; and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography and memoir in 2006. She is the recipient of the first Outstanding Teacher Award presented by Emerson's Graduate Student Association in 2012.
Marshall was a judge in nonfiction for the 2008 National Book Awards, and currently serves on the boards of the Copyright Clearance Center, the Society of American Historians, and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and she has been a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society since 1991. For the occasion of Margaret Fuller's bicentennial in 2010, Marshall curated an exhibition of rare books, manuscripts, and artwork at the Massachusetts Historical Society titled A More Interior Revolution: Elizabeth Peabody, Margaret Fuller, and the Women of the American Renaissance.
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