Biography and letters
Cline Cohen, AB'68, The
Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in
Nineteenth-Century New York (Knopf, Vintage). Cohen reconstructs
the career of Jewett, a literary New York courtesan whose 1836
murder sparked journalistic sensationalism surrounding the event
and the trial of Jewett's lover.
L. Lyons, PhD'90, Thomas
Henry Huxley: The Evolution of a Scientist (Prome- theus Books).
In this biography, Lyons explores the biologist Thomas Henry Huxley's
commitment to scientific reasoning and argues that while Huxley
was skeptical of natural selection and gradualism, his contributions
to Darwin's ideas strengthened the theory of evolution.
Parker Riddle, SM'42, A
Nourishing Life (Pentland Press, Inc.). In her autobiography,
Riddle recounts her missionary work in India, her support of lesbian
issues, her work in nutrition, and the three-year life span of
the Nourishing Space, a place for women in Arizona.