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Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor (2007)
A.B. Harvard University
Megan Marshall's third biographical work, Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, will be published in February 2017. A student of Elizabeth Bishop in her last Advanced Verse Writing class at Harvard, Marshall has written an innovative book in which biography alternates with memoir. She is the author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Biography and Memoir and the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction, and two other nonfiction books. 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 Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and the Margaret Fuller Society. She will be a Scholar in Residence at Kyoto University in the fall of 2017, and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. Since 1991 she has been a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, where she serves on the Publications Committee and the steering committee of the New England Biography Seminar. For the occasion of Margaret Fuller's bicentennial in 2010, Marshall curated an exhibition of rare books, manuscripts, and artwork at the MHS titled A More Interior Revolution: Elizabeth Peabody, Margaret Fuller, and the Women of the American Renaissance.
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