Brenda Wineapple's White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award and a New York Times "Notable Book"; it was also named best nonfiction of 2008 in such publications as The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, and TLS, among others, and selected by NPR as one of its 2008 best. She is also the author of Genêt: A Biography of Janet Flanner; Sister Brother Gertrude and Leo Stein; and Hawthorne: A Life, which received the Ambassador Award of the English-speaking Union for the Best Biography of 2003. Recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011), Wineapple has received a 2009 Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and two National Endowment Fellowships. Her essays and reviews appear regularly in The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and other publications Her most recent book is the well-received Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848 – 1877.