My Elizabeths: A Biographer and Her Subjects

Lecture by Megan Marshall
Megan Marshall. Photo by Eric AntoniouMegan Marshall. Photo by Eric Antoniou

In a talk that touches on issues of craft, narrative, and inspiration, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Megan Marshall ’77, RI ’07, will discuss her work on past and current subjects, including Elizabeth Peabody, Elizabeth Bishop, and Elizabeth Hawthorne.   

Her first biography, The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography and memoir. Marshall spent twenty years researching and writing the book, traveling to archives in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, Ohio, California, and Washington, DC, and finding answers to longstanding mysteries in the Peabody and Hawthorne families. 

Marshall’s second biography, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, a character-driven narrative grounded in fact that tests the boundaries of the form, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2014 and the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction.

This event is free and open to the public.