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Julia Markus

Professor Emerita of English


Degrees

PHD, 1976, Univ Maryland; MA, 1962, Boston Univ; BA, 1961, Boston Univ


Bio

Julia Markus is both a novelist and biographer, her four novels including UNCLE which won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Award and her four biographies including DARED AND DONE. THE MARRIAGE OF ELIZABETH BARRETT AND ROBERT BROWINING.. She is Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Hofstra University, Long Island, NY. Her latest biography "LADY BYRON AND HER DAUGHTERS " presents the previously maligned Lady Byron in an astonishing new light. The WALL STREET JOURNAL'S weekend edition gave "Lady Byron and Her Daughters" a rave review, calling it "Deliciously absorbing.." Byron scholars have written "I feel as if I'm getting acquainted with Lady Byron for the first time," (Peter Graham), and "A genuine contribution to Byron studies (Arnold Anthony Schmidt). Fellow writers such as Alix Kates Shulman wrote "Cheers to Julia Markus for rescuing Lady Byron from two centuries of ignominy," and Vivian Gornick: "The book is a treat from start to finish." Julia Markus lives and writes in NYC.

Photo: Michael Montlack


Teaching Interests

Creative Writing with an emphasis on character building and narrative voice as well as a special interest in Children's Literature.

Research Interests

Nineteenth century subjects. I've written biographies of the Brownings' Marriage (Knopf), the independent women of the expatriate community in Rome in the 19th century (Knopf) and a biography of James Anthony Froude (Scribner). I am now working on a biography of Lady Byron. I am also working on a "true-life novel." Also in the summer of 2019 I have begun "The Medium", an historical novel about the expatriate artists in Italy in 1860, particularly the Trollope family headed by Fanny Trollope and the Brownings, as the reacted to the young American Medium and the seances of Daniel Dunglass Home.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
CRWR 189 WRITING CHILDREN'S LITERATURE Undergraduate
CRWR 291D CHARACTER BLDG: FIC OR NONFIC Graduate
CRWR 303 M.F.A. PROJECT Graduate
CRWR 2189 WRITING CHILDREN'S LITERATURE Graduate
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