Nancy Rubin Stuart’s seven acclaimed nonfiction books focus on women and social history. Her most recent include DEFIANT BRIDES; The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women Who Married Radical Men and THE MUSE OF THE REVOLUTION: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation. She is currently writing a new book for Beacon Press about the life of Benjamin Franklin through the lens of his women. A former journalist, Nancy’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post the New England Quarterly and national magazines. She is the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Writers Center in Osterville, Massachusetts.

Other Works

  • The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation

  • The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox

  • American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post

  • Isabella of Castile: The First Renaissance Queen

  • The Mother Mirror: How a Generation of Women Is Changing Motherhood in America

  • The New Suburban Woman: Beyond Myth and Motherhood


Awards and Recognition

  • The Historic 1699 Winslow House Award: Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards: American Antiquarian William Randolph Hearst Award for Research for THE MUSE OF THE REVOLUTION
  • DEFIANT BRIDES was a selection of the History, Military Book Clubs Book-of-the-Month Club 2 .
  • THE RELUCTANT SPIRITUALIST won the Outstanding Book Award for Nonfiction from the American Society of Journalists and Authors
  • ISABELLA OF CASTILE , a Book-of the Month Feature Dividend 1992; the 1992 Author of the Year Award from the American Society of Authors and Journalists and the Washington Irving Award, American Society of Journalists and Authors;
  • MacDowell Colony Fellow, 1981; Time, Inc. Scholarship, Bread Loaf Writers Conference 1980
  • THE RELUCTANT SPIRITUALIST: Nominated for a New York Historical Society Book Prize in American History

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