Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Professor of English
Kathe Tappe Vernon Professorship in Biography

I teach courses on the novel, biography, Bloomsbury, and black literature of Britain and America. I have written or edited seven books, including Black London, about the black population of 18th-century Britain, a New York Times “notable book of the year.” As host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Book Show, I interview popular current authors on their recent books.

204 Sanborn
HB 6032
African and African American Studies
B.A. Marlboro College
A.M. Simmons College
Ph.D. Stanford University

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Selected Publications

Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and into Legend , (2008).

The Norton Critical Edition of The Secret Garden , (2006).

Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Unpredictable Life of the Author of “The Secret Garden” , (2005).

Black Victorians/Black Victoriana , (2003).

Black London: Life Before Emancipation , (1995), (published in the UK as Black England , 1999).

Carrington: A Life , (1989).

Works in Progress

The Norton Annotated Secret Garden