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Book Title: The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox|
ISBN 13: 9780151010134
The author of the book: Nancy Rubin Stuart
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date of issue: February 15th 2005
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* Nominated for a New York Historical Society Book Prize in American History * Honorable Mention in General Nonfiction from the American Society of Journalists and Authors Here is the first authoritative biography of Margaret Fox, the world-famous medium and cofounder of the Spiritualism movement that swept America in the mid-1800s. In 1848, fifteen-year-old Maggie and her sister Katy created rapping sounds by manipulating their toe joints, practicing until they convinced their parents that their farmhouse was haunted. What started as a prank soon transformed into a movement: By 1853 more than thirty thousand mediums were at work, with Maggie among the most famous. But when she denounced the faith in 1888-appearing before a packed auditorium in her stocking feet to demonstrate-Spiritualism withered almost as quickly as it had bloomed.
Through the memoirs of the Fox sisters, the letters of Maggie's Arctic explorer husband, contemporary newspaper accounts, and other primary sources, Nancy Rubin Stuart creates a vibrant portrait of a Victorian-era woman at the heart of the tumults of her time.
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Read information about the authorNancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author and journalist who specializes in women, biography and social history.
A graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in English and an M.A.T. from Brown University, Nancy holds an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Mount Vernon College, now part of Georgetown University.
Nancy just won the 2009 Historic Winslow House Book Award on behalf of her latest book, The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation. In 2006 she received an Outstanding Book Award, Nonfiction from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She was also a 2005 recipient of a William Randolph Hearst Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society. Other honors include three Telly Awards from the cable television industry, the 1992 Author of the Year Award from the American Society of Authors and Journalists, the Washington Irving Award from the Westchester Library System, a Time, Inc. scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony.
In 2005 Harcourt published her biography about the co-founder of American spiritualism, The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox.
Under her previous byline Nancy Rubin, the author's best-selling biography American Empress: The Life and Timesof Marjorie Merriweather Post was recently reprinted in paperback. Previous books under that byline were Isabella of Castile: The First Renaissance Queen; The Mother Mirror: How a Generation of Women Is Changing Motherhood in America and The New Suburban Woman: Beyond Myth and Motherhood .
A speaker for the New York Council for the Humanities, Nancy has appeared on C-Span's BookTV, the A & E Series “Mansions, Monuments and Masterpieces” and “America’s Castles,” on Oprah, on CBS Morning News and on National Public Radio. She makes frequent appearances at colleges and book clubs and before audiences ranging from the Palm Beach Society of the Four Arts to Manhattan's National Arts Club.
As a journalist, she has contributed to many publications including The New York Times, American History Magazine, The Los Angeles Times,American History, The Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Business Week’s Careers, Family Circle, Savvy and Travel and Leisure.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Nancy began writing as a child. After graduation from college and graduate school, she married, taught high school English, served as a playwright/director off-off Broadway and after starting a family, moved to suburban New York.
As a young mother, Nancy wrote for the New York Times before becoming an author.
Today she continues to work as a journalist, reviews books for the New England Quarterly and ForeWord Magazine and serves as one of the directors of the Women Writing Womens' Lives Seminar for the City University of New York Graduate Center.
She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband Bill. Besides spending time with her family and writing, Nancy enjoys dancing, skiing, gardening and the cultural life of Boston and New York.
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