Massachusetts Historical Society


Mecklenburgh Square, Radcliffe Yard & Beyond: A Conversation with Francesca Wade & Maggie Doherty on Writing Women’s Lives


Maggie Doherty, Harvard University
Francesca Wade, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Moderated by Megan Marshall, Emerson College

This is a hybrid event. The in-person reception will begin at 4:30 pm.

Back in 2020 at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, when communal spaces and community itself seemed under threat, biographers Wade and Doherty published books long in the making—Square Haunting and The Equivalents—which celebrated two cohorts of creative women, the first based in London’s Bloomsbury and the second at the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Join us for a conversation that will range over the subjects of their books—including Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Sayers, Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin—and their work since: Wade on a biography of Gertrude Stein; Doherty in biographical essays for the New Yorker on Elizabeth Hardwick, Kathy Acker, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Although their books have been reviewed jointly, this will be their first public appearance together.

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Hybrid Event

The in-person reception starts at 4:30 PM and the program will begin at 5:00 PM.

Masks are optional for this event.

The virtual program begins at 5:00 PM and will be hosted on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive a confirmation message with attendance information.

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