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Lucinda H. MacKethan | 'Anya Seton: A Writing Life'

In conversation with Deborah Hooker, professor of Feminist Theory at NCSU

Anya Seton was the bestselling author of ten historical novels, including the masterpieces Katherine and The Winthrop Woman, which are still widely beloved over sixty years after their original publication. MacKethan, with the support of Seton’s daughters and unprecedented access to the novelist’s decades’ worth of journals detailing her writing throughout her career, has crafted an intimate look at the writer in her own words.


Through Seton’s own journal entries, letters, and self-analyses, MacKethan provides an intimate study of what it meant to her to be a writer. She details Seton’s creative process, as well as the difficulties she faced balancing writing with the duties of homemaking and raising three children, and the gratitude or more often frustration she felt toward editors and reviewers. A compelling portrait emerges of a deeply dedicated writer whose life was full of inner turmoil, most of it self-inflicted.

Lucinda H. MacKethan is alumni distinguished professor of English emerita at North Carolina State University,  where she taught courses primarily in southern and African American literature. She is the author or editor of six books, including Daughters of Time: Creating Woman’s Voice in Southern Story and the coedited Companion to Southern Literature. MacKethan was a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where her curricula and lectures appear in the center’s online program for teacher enrichment. She lectures nationally on the culture of the Old South.

Event date: 
Monday, November 16, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781641600866
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Chicago Review Press - August 4th, 2020

Anya Seton was the bestselling author of ten historical novels, including the masterpieces Katherine and The Winthrop Woman, which are still widely beloved over sixty years after their original publication. Yet there has never before been a book-length biography of this great American writer.