If you thought that you knew Eliza Hamilton because you watched the Broadway musical, well…you need to read Susan Holloway Scott’s book, I Eliza. What makes good theater isn’t necessarily accurate. There is a whole lot more to the Alexander/ Eliza story. Susan is a master storyteller weaving fact with fiction to weave a tale that’s compelling. In this beautifully written novel of historical fiction, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza—a fascinating, strong-willed heroine in her own right and a key figure in one of the most gripping periods in American history. It begins with Eliza first meeting her future husband and follows them until his death. My guest does exhaustive research to get the period details right.
Susan was on the podcast back in episode 62. The link is in the show notes. You made it one of my top ten episodes. Now she’s back talking about how she came to write about Eliza and shares a lot of details about the family. I’ve looked for an image of Eliza and so has Susan. She’d be a great addition to my Last Muster project of individuals who lived through the American Revolution into the age of photography.
If you’re looking to escape the present for the past, pick up I, Eliza, and transport yourself to the eighteenth century.
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About My Guest:
Susan Holloway Scott is the author of over fifty historical novels and novellas written under several pen names. Her bestselling books have received numerous awards and honors, and with more than three million copies of her books in print, she has been published in nineteen foreign countries around the world. Susan is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family in a book-filled house outside of Philadelphia, PA.
About Maureen Taylor:
Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira). She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com