[UCP Books]: Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing: The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New England before the Civil War
New from beloved crime writer Sara Paretsky—her unknown first work
The Breakdown of Moral Philosophy in New England before the Civil War
|Publication date: July 25, 2016||978-0-226-33774-6|
|International publication date: July 25, 2016||$35.00/£24.50|
If you’ve been paying any attention to crime fiction, the name Sara Paretsky should ring a bell. Known the world over for her acclaimed series of mysteries starring private investigator V. I. Warshawski—now in its seventeenth installment—Paretsky has long written books deeply inflected with history.
What’s less well-known is that before Paretsky began her writing career, she earned a PhD in history from the University of Chicago with a dissertation on moral philosophy and religion in New England in the early and mid-nineteenth century. Now, for the first time, fans of Paretsky can read that earliest work, Words, Works, and Ways of Knowing, which analyzes attempts by theologians at Andover Seminary to square and secure Calvinist religious beliefs with emerging knowledge from history and the sciences.
All readers, whether from the world of academia or mystery, will be drawn to Paretsky’s sobering—even shocking—preface, in which she paints a picture of the constant sexism she faced as a female graduate student at the University of Chicago in the 1970s.
A treat for Paretsky’s many fans, and an intriguing historical document in its own right, this book offers a glimpse of the development of the mind behind the mysteries.
Sara Paretsky is the author most recently of Brush Back. A prolific crime and mystery novelist, she received her PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 1977.
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