About

Nancy Rubin Stuart is an award-winning author and journalist who specializes in women, biography and social history. 

As a nine year old, she wrote stories about her dog and neighborhood friends. “As a redhead I was often teased,” Nancy recalls. “Perhaps that has something to do with becoming a writer, that sense of the outsider, the observer.” 

Born in Boston, Nancy graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in English and an M.A.T. from Brown University. In 1995, Mount Vernon College, now part of Georgetown University, awarded her an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. 

While raising children, Nancy wrote for the New York Times under the byline Nancy Rubin. That work and her experiences as a suburban wife and mother prompted her first book, The New Suburban Woman: Beyond Myth and Motherhood.

Subsequent books under that byline were The Mother Mirror: How a Generation of Women Is Changing Motherhood in AmericaIsabella of Castile: The First Renaissance Queen, and the best-selling American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

Nancy also wrote for the A & E Network’s series “America’s Castles” and for HGTV’s series “Restore America.” In 2005 Harcourt published her biography on the co-founder of American spiritualism, The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox which won an Outstanding Book Award for Nonfiction from the American Society of Authors and Journalists. 

Nancy received the American Antiquarian Society’s William Randolph Hearst Award for research leading to Beacon Press’s publication of The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation in 2008. That  book won the 2009 Historic Winslow House Book Award and was a finalist in USA Today Book News 2010 “Best Book” Awards. 

Other honors include three Telly Awards from the cable television industry, the 1992 Author of the Year Award from the American Society of Authors and Journalists, the Washington Irving Award from the Westchester Library System, a Time, Inc. scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony. 

Nancy has appeared on C-Span’s BookTV, the A & E Series “Mansions, Monuments and Masterpieces” and “America’s Castles,” on Oprah, on CBS Morning News, Charlie Rose and has been heard on National Public Radio. She makes frequent appearances at colleges, for book clubs and before audiences ranging from the Palm Beach Society of the Four Arts to Manhattan’s National Arts Club. 

As a journalist, her work has appeared in many publications including The New York TimesAmerican History Magazine, the Los Angeles TimesThe New England QuarterlyThe Huffington PostThe Stamford AdvocateGreenwich TimeThe Barnstable Patriot, The Cape Cod TimesBusiness Week’s CareersFamily CircleParents, and others on the Bookshelf page. 

Today Nancy writes for print and screen and serves as Executive Director of the Cape Cod Writers Center. She is currently writing a new book for Beacon Press to be published in 2021.

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On Defiant Brides: ​"For the lover of American history, this was a great book...The work was well annotated, and researched, easy and enjoyable to read and comprehend. Recommend for those who enjoy lite history biographies and women’s studies."
- Good Reads
2019-01-14T19:43:40+00:00
On Defiant Brides: ​"For the lover of American history, this was a great book...The work was well annotated, and researched, easy and enjoyable to read and comprehend. Recommend for those who enjoy lite history biographies and women’s studies." - Good Reads
On The Muse of the Revolution: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.”
- L.S. - Manhattan
2019-01-14T19:52:35+00:00
On The Muse of the Revolution: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.” - L.S. - Manhattan
On ​Isabella of Castile: “Nancy Rubin makes use of Prescott and in a sense pours old wine in new bottles. Her Isabella is more accessible than Prescott's pius queen. She also very ably puts Isabella in the proper perspective as the co-founder of modern Spain (at least from a geographic perspective)... but as Ms. Rubin's book ably demonstrates, she was much more than that.”
- M.A. Newman
2019-01-14T19:45:07+00:00
On ​Isabella of Castile: “Nancy Rubin makes use of Prescott and in a sense pours old wine in new bottles. Her Isabella is more accessible than Prescott's pius queen. She also very ably puts Isabella in the proper perspective as the co-founder of modern Spain (at least from a geographic perspective)... but as Ms. Rubin's book ably demonstrates, she was much more than that.” - M.A. Newman
On American Empress: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.”
- Sonia Ibanez
2019-01-14T19:53:13+00:00
On American Empress: “A fascinating & entertaining account about one of America's forgotten outstanding women. I learned far more about the American Revolution and how it affected ordinary people by reading The Muse of the Revolution than I ever learned in my American history class.” - Sonia Ibanez
On The Reluctant Spiritualist: “The Reluctant Spiritualist is non-fiction but reads like a fast-paced whodunit. The mystery is whether spiritualism is a fact, or a fraud cooked up by two bored teenage girls in a farmhouse in mid-nineteenth century upstate New York.”
- Stuart Ellison
2019-01-14T19:50:49+00:00
On The Reluctant Spiritualist: “The Reluctant Spiritualist is non-fiction but reads like a fast-paced whodunit. The mystery is whether spiritualism is a fact, or a fraud cooked up by two bored teenage girls in a farmhouse in mid-nineteenth century upstate New York.” - Stuart Ellison
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