Gretchen Gerzina

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Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina is an American author and academic who has written mostly historically-grounded biographical studies. Her academic posts have included being the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of Biography at Dartmouth College, working as a professor at Vassar College, being a professor and a director of Africana Studies at Barnard College, and as at April 2019 being the Dean of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College.[1]

Selected publications[edit]

  • 1989: Carrington: A Life
  • 1995: Black England: Life Before Emancipation[2][3][4]
  • 2004: Frances Hodgson Burnett: The unexpected life of the author of The Secret Garden[5][6]
  • 2008: Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary 18th-Century Family Moved out of Slavery and into Legend


  1. ^ "About Us: Dean Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina", Commonwealth Honors College.
  2. ^ Rogers, P. (1996). "Black England - Life before emancipation", Times Literary Supplement. 8.
  3. ^ Barthelemy, A. G. (1997). "Black London: Life before Emancipation", African American Review, 31, 508.
  4. ^ Porter, R. (1995). "Black London: Life Before Emancipation", The New York Times Book Review, 30.
  5. ^ Natasha Walter, "Sugar and spice", The Guardian, 8 May 2004.
  6. ^ Mills, C. (2004). "Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Unexpected Life of the Author of The Secret Garden (review)", Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 29, 270-272.

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