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 The Times Literary Supplement, 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. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 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. She edited The Selected Poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier for the Library of America's American Poets Project and Nineteenth-Century American Writers on Writing, a volume in the series The Writers' World, whose series editor was Edward Hirsch. Her latest book, Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and The End of Compromise, America 1848-1877, was published by HarperCollins in 2013, and she's now writing a meditation on biography, to be published by Knopf.