Bio: Megan Marshall

MMarshallPortrait Megan Marshall is the author of two nonfiction books and has published numerous essays and reviews in The New YorkerThe Atlantic MonthlySlate OnlineThe New York Times Book ReviewThe London Review of BooksThe New RepublicThe 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.

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 National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and she has been a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society since 1991. During 2006-2007, Marshall was a fellow in creative nonfiction writing at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University where she began work on a biography of Ebe Hawthorne, Nathaniel’s brilliant and reclusive older sister. Since then she has been at work on a second book, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in March 2013. 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.

Marshall teaches nonfiction writing and archival research in the MFA program at Emerson College where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing.


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