Megan Marshall

Charles Wesley Emerson Professor

Megan Marshall's third biographical work, Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, was published in February 2017 and was a finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Society's Christian Gauss award for an outstanding work of literary scholarship.  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. 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 has servied as a judge for the National Book Awards in Nonfiction, the Pulitzer Prize in Biography and Autobiography, and the Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians.  She currently serves on the boards of the Margaret Fuller Society and the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY Grad Center.  She was Visiting Professor 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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About

  • Writing Literature & Publishing
    Since 2007
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Education

A.B., Harvard University

Publications

The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism

2005

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life

2014

Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

2017

"The Second Man in the Front Row: A Forgotten Story of the First World War," NewYorker.com November 10, 2018

2018

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/personal-history/the-second-man-in-the-front-row-a-forgotten-story-of-the-first-world-war

Awards & Honors

Francis Parkman Prize, of the Society of American Historians (for The Peabody Sisters)

2005

Mark Lynton History Prize, of the Anthony Lukas Prize Project (for The Peabody Sisters)

2005

Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction (for The Peabody Sisters)

2005

Finalist for Pulitzer Prize in Biography and Memoir (for The Peabody Sisters)

2006

Pulitzer Prize in Biography and Memoir (for Margaret Fuller: A New American Life)

2014

Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction (for Margaret Fuller: A New American Life)

2014