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Art Lover's Book Club:Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis


Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis by Jeanine Atkins


From critically acclaimed author Jeannine Atkins comes a haunting biographical novel in verse about a half Native American, half African American sculptor working in the years following the Civil War.

Some facts are known: Edmonia was the daughter of an Ojibwe woman and an African-Haitian man. She had the rare opportunity to study art at Oberlin, one of the first schools to admit women and people of color, but lost her place after being accused of poisoning and theft, despite being acquitted of both. She moved to Boston and eventually Italy, where she became a successful sculptor.

But the historical record is very thin. The open questions about Edmonia’s life seem ideally suited to verse, a form that is comfortable with mysteries. Inspired by both the facts and the gaps in history, author Jeannine Atkins imagines her way into a vision of what might have been.




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