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Lois Leveen
Lois Leveen is the author of Juliet's Nurse (Simon & Schuster) and The Secrets of Mary Bowser (William Morrow/
HarperCollins). A former faculty member at UCLA and Reed College, she gives talks nationally and internationally on history, literature, and culture, with special emphasis on gender and race.

Entries by Lois Leveen

Romeo Is a Dirtbag. So Why Is Romeo and Juliet Our Favorite Love Story?

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 10:09 AM

Valentine's Day-timed Romeo and Juliet tie-ins can be found everywhere, from the upper-middle-brow NEH-funded PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered, which premiers a Joseph Fiennes-hosted episode on Romeo and Juliet on February 13th, to San Francisco's campy Castro Theatre, where the fare for February 14th is a "Marc...

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What, to a Novelist, Is the 4th of July?

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 12:39 PM

When I learned that, the largest online community of women ages 18-54, picked my novel The Secrets of Mary Bowser as one of this year's best Fourth of July reads, I was delighted. Still, I couldn't help but wonder what the real Mary Bowser --...

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Take the Juneteenth Challenge

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Can you name 5 African Americans who helped end slavery--besides Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman?

Today is Juneteenth. This holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery, tells us as much about what America means as the Fourth of July, Presidents Day, or Memorial Day. What distinguishes the United States is...

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