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Barbara Taylor

Historian. Canadian. Writer. Educator. Shortlisted Author for the RBC Taylor Prize

BARBARA TAYLOR
is a historian whose previous books include an award-winning study of nineteenth-century socialist feminism, Eve and the New Jerusalem; an intellectual biography of the pioneer feminist Mary Wollstonecraft; and On Kindness, a defence of fellow feeling co-written with the psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. She is a long-standing editor of the leading history publication History Workshop Journal and a director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre. She teaches history and English at Queen Mary University of London.
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RBC Taylor Prize: An Interview With Author Barbara Taylor

"Madness is a childish thing," Barbara Taylor writes in The Last Asylum, a memoir of her two decades as a mental patient in England. The book records her breakdown, her 21-year-long analysis, her periods as an inmate at Friern Mental Hospital (The Iron Mother) in North London.
02/26/2015 05:52 EST