Books by Brenda Wineapple

Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"History on the grand scale, orchestrated by a virtuoso."
A sweeping look at the Civil War in the context of its social, cultural and intellectual climate. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 13, 2008

"A moving portrait of two unalike but kindred spirits who did indeed 'Dare [to] see a Soul at the ‘White Heat.' '"
The editor criticized for dumbing down the great American poet's work gets a fairer assessment from literary biographer Wineapple (Hawthorne, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
HAWTHORNE by Brenda Wineapple
Released: Oct. 2, 2003

"Richly detailed and nuanced: a model of literary biography, and an illumination for students of Hawthorne's work. (For an excerpt of Hawthorne, go to"
A thoughtful, absorbing life of the gloomy prince of American literature. Read full book review >
SISTER BROTHER by Brenda Wineapple
Released: April 16, 1996

"Thorough and intelligent, but lacking that final spark of empathy that distinguishes a truly exceptional biography. (b&w photos)"
Like Wineapple's Genàt: A Biography of Janet Flanner (1989), an impressively researched portrait of American expatriates—in this case, the writer Gertrude Stein (18741946) and her brother Leo (18721947), a pioneering modern art collector. Read full book review >