Joanna Scutts

Instructor & Writer
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Joanna Scutts is a cultural critic and historian, and the author of Hotbed: Bohemian Greenwich Village and the Secret Club that Sparked Modern Feminism and The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It. A current board member of the National Book Critics Circle, her reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, The New Republic, The New Yorker online, and many other venues. She holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and has taught classes in literature and writing at Columbia, Barnard, and NYU. 

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When Scandal Swallows a Book

Marjorie Hillis's 1930s self-help bestseller, which celebrated women's happiness, met a strange fate in England.

Jul 19, 2018