English Department

Brenda Wineapple

Doris Zemurray Stone and Washington Irving Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies, Emerita (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin)

Brenda Wineapple

American Literature

Professor Wineapple has retired.

Contact Information:
Email: wineappb@union.edu

Brenda Wineapple is the Doris Zemurray Professor of Modern Literary and Historical Studies. Her newest book is Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 (Harper 2013), and her other books include White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson (Knopf) a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, a winner of the Washington Arts Club National Award for arts writing, and also a New York Times “Notable Book” (2008); it was also named best nonfiction of 2008 in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, among many other publications. She is also the author of Genêt: A Biography of Janet Flanner; Sister Brother Gertrude and Leo Stein; and Hawthorne: A Life (Knopf) which received the Ambassador Award for the Best Biography of 2003.

She’s won a 2009 Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and two National Endowment Fellowships in the Humanities. Elected in 2012 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Wineapple is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, and The American Scholar, among other major journals and papers; recently, her essay “The Rub; or The Moral Debate over Slavery,” appeared in Raritan. She is the editor of The Selected Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier for the Library of America’s American Poets Project and the anthology, Nineteenth-Century American Writers on Writing, and served as the chair of the nonfiction panel for the National Book Awards in 2005.

She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, The New School University, and Columbia University School of the Arts.