Joanna Scutts

Instructor & Writer
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Joanna Scutts is a cultural critic and historian, and the author of The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It. Her reviews and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The New Yorker online, The New Republic, Slate, Vulture, and many other venues, and as a researcher and curator at the New-York Historical Society, she helped plan and launch a new Center for Women’s History in 2017. 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