Elizabeth De Wolfe is fascinated by ordinary women who find themselves in extraordinary situations. She is the award-winning author of The Murder of Mary Bean and Other Stories, on the short life and lonely death of the New England mill girl Berengera Caswell, and of Shaking the Faith on Mary Marshall Dyer’s early-nineteenth-century anti-Shaker campaign.
Working much like a detective, De Wolfe hunts archives for clues on lives almost forgotten. Her current project explores an 1890s national scandal involving a congressman, his mistress, and a girl spy.
De Wolfe is professor of history at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. She teaches undergraduate courses in women’s history, in American culture, and on historical research and writing. Her books have received awards from the New England Historical Association, Northeast Popular Culture Association, the Communal Studies Association, ForeWord Magazine, and the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Her research projects have been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Pew Program in Religion and History. She lives with her husband, a rare book and ephemera dealer, in Alfred, Maine.