WILLARD STERNE RANDALL
Eminent biographer of leading figures of the American Colonial and Revolutionary War periods, will deliver the annual Fossieck Lecture.
Biographer Joseph Ellis said, “This is the first biography of Ethan Allen in half a century, and the only one to render him a psychologically complicated, fully flawed hero of the American Revolution.” In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews called it, “The definitive biography of the frontier hero and founder of Vermont....Authoritative, vivid.... Colorful, well-written and nuanced.” Publishers Weekly said, “Randall gives us a complex, protean Allen: strapping frontiersman; cunning entrepreneur; rationalist
Randall’s previous books include A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin and His Son (1984), Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor (1990), a New York Times Notable Book, Thomas Jefferson: A Life (1993), George Washington: A Life (1998), Forgotten Americans: Footnote Figures Who Changed American History (1999), and Alexander Hamilton: A Life (2003). Writing of the Hamilton biography in the New York Law Journal, Rex Bossert said, “Randall’s excellent book brings alive the complex combination of unbounded ambition and sense of duty that made Mr. Hamilton an overachiever in an age of great individuals.” The New York Times reviewer called the Benedict Arnold book, “A captivating biography…A why-done it…,” and said, “The book reads like a thriller.” Publishers Weekly said of Thomas Jefferson: A Life, “Randall’s masterful, gracefully written portrait brings us closer to Jefferson than any previous biography.”
Randall is Visiting Professor of Humanities at Champlain College in Vermont. A contributing editor to American Heritage Magazine and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, he regularly reviews biographies for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe and Journal of American History.
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