Lois Leveen holds degrees in history and literature from Harvard, the University of Southern California, and UCLA. Her work has appeared in African American Review, African American Writers, Bitch, The Huffington Post, MELUS, the New York Times, and on NPR. Her novel The Secrets of Mary Bowser (HarperCollins/William Morrow) is based on the true story of a former slave who became a Union spy in the Confederate White House.
The Paradox of Pluck: How Did Historical Fiction Become the New Feminist History?
Poster from Diary of a Lost Girl (G.W. Pabst, 1929) ONCE UPON A TIME, women's lives might have been ...