“Luminous and powerful with exquisite understatement and subtle imagery...”

—LOUISE KEHOE on When the Grateful Dead Came to St. Louis


About Charlotte Gordon

Charlotte Gordon's newest book, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley won the National Book Critics Circle award in biography. Earlier works include Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America's First Poet - a Massachusetts Honor book for non-fiction — and The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths. In 2012, she was selected as the Rose Thering Fellow by the Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Her essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalSlateThe Washington PostThe Cambridge Companion to Early American Poetry, and Harvard Magazine. She has also published two books of poetry: When the Grateful Dead Came to St. Louis and Two Girls on a Raft.

A graduate of Harvard College, she received a master's degree in creative writing and a Ph.D. in history and literature from Boston University. She has been a frequent guest on NPR and the CBC, including spots on Weekend Edition and The Current. From 1999-2002 she was Elie Wiesel's teaching assistant at Boston University. Currently, she is the Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Endicott College.