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Brenda Wineapple

Brenda Wineapple is the author of several books, including White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. Her new book, Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 (Harper), will be published in August.