"Joseph A. Conforti brings to life the Gilded Age of Fall River in
this engaging portrait of Lizzie Borden's world. Gracefully
written and with detailed attention to conflicts of class,
ethnicity, and gender, Conforti's nuanced analysis sheds
new light on an old murder."
Elizabeth De Wolfe, University of New England,
prize-wiining author of "The Murder of Mary Bean
and Other Stories"
“An expert historian’s wonderfully honest memoir about growing up in Fall River, the ciy of ‘hills, mills, and dinner pails’. It is an authentic American story, beautifully told.”
Gordon Wood, Pulitzer-Prize winner, Brown University.
Joseph A. Conforti taught American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine in Portland for twenty four years, retiring in 2011 as Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Conforti received an M.A. in American History and a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University.
He has written seven books ranging from studies of the great Puritan thinker Jonathan Edwards and his followers to a personal and cultural account of his growing up in Fall River Massachusetts. He has edited and contributed to Creating Portland: History and Place in Northern New England. His most recent book Lizzie Borden On Trial: Murder, Ethnicity and Gender is the first academic analysis of the historic case and sheds new light on an old murder.
Saints and Strangers: New England in British North America (Johns Hopkins, 2006; rpt, 2012); Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity from the Pilgrims to the Twentieth Century (North Carolina, 2001): Jonathan Edwards, Religious Tradition, and American Culture (North Carolina, 1995. Samuel Hopkins and the New Divinity Movement (Eerdmans, 1981; rpt Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale University, 2006).
© Joseph A. Conforti 2013