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Joan D. Hedrick

Joan D. Hedrick
Joan Doran

OccupationCharles A. Dana Professor of History, Emerita
Spouse(s)Travis Hedrick
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
Academic background
Alma materBrown University
ThesisThe True American : Henry Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, "Prufrock", and Others (1974)

Joan Doran Hedrick (born May 1, 1944) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Jack London.[1]

Early life and career

Hedrick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Paul Thomas Doran and Jane Connorton Doran.[2]

She earned an A.B. degree from Vassar College in 1966, and a Ph.D. from Brown University in 1974. Her Ph.D. dissertation at Brown was titled "The True American : Henry Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, 'Prufrock', and Others".[3] She taught at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut from 1972 through 1980, and in 1980 began teaching at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.


In 1982, Hedrick's first book, Solitary Comrade: Jack London and His Work, was published by the University of North Carolina Press. Her book Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life was published in 1994 by Oxford University Press, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.[4] The book also received favorable reviews from The New York Times[5] and Publisher's Weekly.[6]


  1. ^ "Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life, by Joan D. Hedrick (Oxford University Press)". Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. ^ Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Clarage, Elizabeth (1999). Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press. pp. 50–51. ISBN 1573561118. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. ^ "The true American : Henry Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, "Prufrock", and others". WorldCat. OCLC. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. ^ McClurg, Jocelyn (April 19, 1995). "Trinity College Professor Wins Pulitzer". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Jefferson, Margo. "Books of The Times; An Author's Life Reflects 19th-Century America". Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  6. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life by Joan D. Hedrick, Author Oxford University Press, USA $35 (544p) ISBN 978-0-19-506639-5". Retrieved 2018-11-06.

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