Brenda Wineapple is the author most recently of Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 (Harper), a New York Times Notable Book hailed by Daniel Walker Howe in The Wall Street Journal as "varied, original, and engaging... a magnificent read." Her other books include White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson (Knopf), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award; Genêt: A Biography of Janet Flanner; Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Stein; and Hawthorne: A Life (Knopf), winner of the Ambassador Award for Best Biography. She has also edited The Selected Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier for the Library of America and the anthology Nineteenth-Century American Writers on Writing; her articles and essays appear in The New York Times Book Review, The Nation,The New York Review of Books, The Threepenny Review, and other publications.
She is now writing a book about impeachment-particularly the impeachment of Andrew Johnson (Random House).
Honors and awards include a 2014 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim, a Pushcart Prize, an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships, and two National Endowment Fellowships. She has also served as the Chair of the Nonfiction Panel of the National Book Awards.
This year she will be a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY; she also teaches in the MFA programs at The New School and Columbia University's School of the Arts. She is married to the composer Michael Dellaira.