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Virginia Spencer Carr

Virginia Spencer Carr (1929–2012) was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for two of her biographies, The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers and Dos Passos: A life. Her other books include Paul Bowles: A Life.


A Scandalous Trial In Fact and Fiction

Summer 1984 | Criticism

Lillian Faderman's scrupulous mining of the original documents and court transcripts of a scandalous 1810 Edinburgh trial in which two mistresses of a fashionable girls' boarding school sued a wealthy matron for besmirching their names and ruining their school has resulted in a gem of a book, Scotch Verdict, which convincingly illustrates the shifting attitudes over the years regarding romantic love between women.