Bio

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Ilyon Woo is the author of The Great Divorce: A Nineteenth-Century Mothers Extraordinary Fight Against Her Husband, the Shakers, and Her Times. She received a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Writing Grant for MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal, and she has received support for her research from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Antiquarian Society, among other institutions. She holds a BA in the Humanities from Yale College and a PhD in English from Columbia University.

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American history would be everyone’s favorite subject if more historians wrote like this. Woo is a writer to watch.”
—Debby Applegate

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF MADAM: THE BIOGRAPHY OF POLLY ADLER, ICON OF THE JAZZ AGE