Nancy Rubin Stuart

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Nancy Rubin Stuart
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Nancy R. Zimman

(1944-11-25)November 25, 1944
Other namesNancy Rubin
Alma materTufts University School of Arts and Sciences (Jackson College for Women) (B.A., 1966)
Brown University (M.A.T., 1967)
Occupationauthor, journalist, TV writer-producer
Known forauthor specializing in women's history

Nancy Rubin Stuart (née Nancy R. Zimman; b.1944 [1]), formerly known as Nancy Rubin, is an author, journalist, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Writers Center,[2] and a former board member of the Women Writing Women's Lives[3] Seminar for the City University of New York Graduate Center and a former cable television writer-producer.


Stuart is a 1966 graduate of Jackson College, Tufts University. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University in 1967.

Stuart was a contributor to the New York Times from 1977-2001 in the Westchester, Long Island, Travel, National Career Survey, Education Life and News in Review sections under the byline of Nancy Rubin.[4] Several articles appeared in 2000-2001 in the Workplace section of The New York Times under the byline Nancy Rubin Stuart. Stuart also contributed articles to other publications on a variety of topics.[5]

Stuart was a Time Inc. Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 1979 and a 1981 Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Stuart won the American Society of Journalists and Authors' 1992 Author of the Year for Isabella of Castile (St. Martin's Press, 1991, 1992). Mount Vernon College (now part of George Washington University) conferred a Doctor of Humane Letters upon Stuart in 1995 for her biography of Marjorie Merriweather Post "American Empress." The American Society of Journalists and Authors named Stuart's 2005 book " The Reluctant Spiritualist" (Harcourt, Inc.) Honorable Mention for its Outstanding Book Award of 2006.[6] That book was also nominated for the New York Historical Society's first Best Historical Book award. In 2005 Stuart received a William Randolph Hearst Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society for research on The Muse of the Revolution (Beacon Press, 2008, 2009).[7] The Muse of the Revolution received the 2009 Book Award for historical scholarship from the Historic 1699 Winslow House and was a finalist for the 2010 USA Book News Best Book Award. Stuart's latest book "Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married"[8] is a 2013 selection of the History Book Club, the Book-of-the-Month-2 Book Club (BOMC2) and the Military Book Club.

Stuart served as a writer for Cinetel Productions in A&E Network's America's Castles (Series 1-3), including The Industrial Barons, The Anglophiles, The Best of Charleston, The Lone Start Estates, Palaces in Paradise, Scottish Links & Lairds, University Estates, The Eccentrics and The New York Estates between 1996-1998 for which she won an Excellence in Writing Telly Award.[9][10] From 1999-2001 she served as a writer-producer for Scripps Production's Restore America series for HGTV and received two additional Telly Awards.[11] Stuart has also written for American History, the Huffington Post, the New England Quarterly and served as a columnist for the Barnstable Patriot.

Stuart has appeared on national television and radio. In 2021 she appeared in podcasts for Revolution 250 , History Camp and We the People

Since moving from New York to Massachusetts with her husband, Stuart serves as executive director of the Cape Cod Writers Center. Beacon Press is publishing her latest book, POOR RICHARD'S WOMEN: Deborah Reade Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father in March 2022


  • 2010 Finalist, USA Book News Best Book Award for The Muse of the Revolution (Beacon Press) [12]
  • 2009 Historic Winslow House Best Book Award for The Muse of the Revolution (Beacon Press) [13][14]
  • 2006 Honorable Mention, Outstanding book of the Year for The Reluctant Spiritualist (Harcourt, Inc.) from the American Society of Journalists and Authors [15]
  • 1992 Author of the Year Award for Isabella of Castile from the American Society of Journalists and Authors (St. Martin's Press) [15]



  • Rubin, Nancy (1982). The New Suburban Woman: Beyond Myth and Motherhood. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. ISBN 0-698-11133-8
  • Rubin, Nancy (1984). The Mother Mirror: How A Generation of Women Is Changing Motherhood in America. New York: G.P.Putnam's Sons. ISBN 0-399-12981-2
  • Rubin, Nancy (1991). Isabella of Castile: The First Renaissance Queen. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-05878-0
  • Rubin, Nancy (1995). American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post. New York: Villard Books. ISBN 0-679-41347-2
  • Rubin Stuart, Nancy (2005). The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox. New York: Harcourt, Inc. ISBN 0-15-101013-7
  • Rubin Stuart, Nancy (2008). The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation. Boston: Beacon Press ISBN 978-0-8070-5516-8
  • Rubin Stuart, Nancy (2013). Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary Era Women and the Radical Men They Married. Boston: Beacon Press ISBN 978-0-8070-0117-2
  • Rubin Stuart, Nancy (2022). Poor Richard's Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father. Boston: Beacon Press ISBN 978-0-8070-1130-0

Selected essays and articles


  1. ^ Cf. US Library of Congress Author entry [1]
  2. ^ "Nancy Rubin Stuart Becomes the Cape Cod Writers Center's Executive Director". Cape Cod Writer's Center. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Biography Seminar". City University of New York. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  4. ^ Somerville News March 1, 2011
  5. ^ "A Lawyer's Lawyer: More Firms Establish In-House General Counsel Positions," 180 NJLJ 1091, 1091 (2005)]
  6. ^ ASJA Annual Awards
  7. ^ 2005-2006 American Antiquarian Society Fellows
  8. ^ Defiant Brides of the American Revolution
  9. ^ Cintel Productions Commission for Club Dance
  10. ^ Club Dance from Cintel Productions and TNN
  11. ^ Telly Awards Archives
  12. ^ USA Book News Awards
  13. ^ Historic Winslow House Book Award Winners
  14. ^ Winslow House Book Award
  15. ^ a b American Society of Journalists and Authors Award Winners
  16. ^ "Influenza: The Fast-Track Virus"," Huffington Post, January 17, 2013
  17. ^ "Rites and Lights of the Winter Solstice"," Huffington Post, December 19, 2012
  18. ^ "Columbus Day and the Arab Spring"," Huffington Post, October 5, 2012
  19. ^ "Thanksgiving and the National Bird"," Huffington Post, November 20, 2012
  20. ^ "Shark Sightings on Wall Street"," Huffington Post, August 7, 2012
  21. ^ "House Guest Season"," Huffington Post, July 30, 2012
  22. ^ "U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Strives to Revive the 'Ghost of History'"," Huffington Post, June 14, 2012
  23. ^ "Cape ways, Manhattan pays," Barnstable Patriot, May 2012
  24. ^ "A Single Hour That Can Save the Day," New York Times, April 2011
  25. ^ Guest Commentary: Old Roads of Cape Cod, Barnstable Patriot

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