Review: BUST - November 1, 2008
“Nancy Rubin Stuart’s nuanced biography …From the first page, Stuart sets off on a speedy (and scholarly) gallop through Warren’s life and times… why isn’t she lauded as frequently as our other Founding Mothers? Stuart persuasively argues for her reinstatement.”
Review: Cape Cod Times - October 26, 2008
“A new biography… illuminates startling similarities between our present political landscape and that of our founding fathers and mothers.”
Review: The Look Books - October 11, 2008
"[O]ne of the best books published this year. . ."
Review: Feminist Review blog - September 20, 2008
"Author Nancy Rubin Stuart has meticulously researched the life of American writer, poet, pamphleteer, playwright, historian and pro-liberty advocate, Mercy Otis Warren (1728-1814), and in these 300+ pages, Stuart effectively presents an absorbing reminder that the Founding Fathers did not give birth to the American Revolution by themselves…"
Review: Worchester Telegram & Gazette - July 10, 2008
"Not much has been written about the significant women of the 18th century. Now a new biography of Mrs. Warren, "The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation"... helps fill the void.
Review: The Barnstable Patriot - July 4, 2008
“If there is one thing that the reading of our past teaches us, it’s that we should always judge historical figures within their context . . . In Nancy Rubin Stuart’s comprehensive The Muse of the Revolution, Warren emerges as one of the unsung heroes of the Revolution, brandishing a mean pen in place of musket or sword.”
Review: Wilson Quarterly - July 1, 2008
“Nancy Rubin Stuart, the author of several popular biographies of women, presents Warren in a colorfully anecdotal style. Given the difficulty of reconstructing Warren’s life, Stuart has artfully set the story in the context of the Revolution and relied upon her subject’s friendships, especially with the Adamses….As a lively introduction to the great Mercy Otis Warren, this book is appealing.”
Review: American Spirit - July 1, 2008
“As Stuart demonstrates, Warren was a woman of independent hopes and dreams. . .”
Review: Publisher's Weekly - May 5, 2008
“This commendable biography follows the life of New England patriot Mercy Otis Warren (1728–1814), the celebrated—and sometimes reviled—writer of poems, plays, history and satire...Warren emerges as a fully fleshed-out woman with literary insecurities, intractable opinions and a high-strung temper as well as deep affection for her husband and sons. Stuart includes fascinating period details, focusing primarily on Warren's home-front experiences of rampant inflation, scarcity of goods, high taxes and profiteering during the Revolution as well as typical 18th-century illnesses and family anxieties. Most poignantly, Stuart depicts Warren's loneliness and despair after the deaths of three of her five sons. This account is valuable as an eyewitness play-by-play of the American Revolution and will be a great resource to scholars of women's and literary history." Read Full Review
Review by: Suzanne Lay, Library Journal - May 1, 2008
"This wonderfully researched and readable book has done an excellent job of giving another view of what it took to make this country. Essential for academic and public libraries. Enjoy!"