“American history would be everyone’s favorite subject if more historians wrote like this. Woo is a writer to watch.”—Debby Applegate
Ilyon Woo is the author of The Great Divorce: A Nineteenth-Century Mother’s Extraordinary Fight Against Her Husband, the Shakers, and Her Times, which Pultizer Prize-winning historian, Debby Applegate, called “masterfully written, deeply suspenseful, and filled with fascinating facts and insights.”
Ilyon is also the author of for Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom, of which she received a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Writing Grant for. Ilyon spent seven years combing through archives from Georgia to Massachusetts, researching the story of Ellen and William Craft
Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal, and she has received support for her research from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Antiquarian Society, among other institutions. Her many research awards began with one she received at sixteen from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Ilyon holds a BA in the Humanities from Yale College and a PhD in English from Columbia University.
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