Joan D. Hedrick

Joan Doran Hedrick (born May 1, 1944) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Jack London.[1]

Joan D. Hedrick
Joan Doran

OccupationCharles A. Dana Professor of History, Emerita
Spouse(s)Travis Hedrick
AwardsPulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
Academic background
Alma materBrown University
ThesisThe True American : Henry Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, "Prufrock", and Others (1974)

Early life and career

Hedrick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Paul Thomas Doran and Jane Connorton Doran.[2]

She earned an A.B. degree from Vassar College in 1966, and a Ph.D. from Brown University in 1974. Her Ph.D. dissertation at Brown was titled "The True American : Henry Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, 'Prufrock', and Others".[3] She taught at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut from 1972 through 1980, and in 1980 began teaching at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.


In 1982, Hedrick's first book, Solitary Comrade: Jack London and His Work, was published by the University of North Carolina Press. Her book Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life was published in 1994 by Oxford University Press, and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.[4] The book also received favorable reviews from The New York Times[5] and Publisher's Weekly.[6]


  1. "Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life, by Joan D. Hedrick (Oxford University Press)". Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  2. Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Clarage, Elizabeth (1999). Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press. pp. 50–51. ISBN 1573561118. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. "The true American : Henry Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, "Prufrock", and others". WorldCat. OCLC. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. McClurg, Jocelyn (April 19, 1995). "Trinity College Professor Wins Pulitzer". Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  5. Jefferson, Margo. "Books of The Times; An Author's Life Reflects 19th-Century America". Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  6. "Nonfiction Book Review: Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life by Joan D. Hedrick, Author Oxford University Press, USA $35 (544p) ISBN 978-0-19-506639-5". Retrieved 2018-11-06.

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