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LocationBradford PL
TitleWe keep the dead close : a murder at Harvard and a half century of silence / Becky Cooper.
AuthorCooper, Becky, author.
Call No364.152 COO
CollectionAdult Non-Fiction
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Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 9781538746837 (hardcover)
International Standard Book Number 9781538746844 (ebook)
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 364.152/3092 23
Personal Name Cooper, Becky, author.
Title Statement We keep the dead close : a murder at Harvard and a half century of silence / Becky Cooper.
Edition Statement First edition.
Imprint New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2020.
Physical Description 499 pages; 24 cm
Content Type text txt rdacontent
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia
Carrier Type volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note The story -- The girl -- The rumor -- The myth -- The echo -- The legacy -- The resolution.
Summary, Etc. "1969: the height of counterculture and the year universities would seek to curb the unruly spectacle of student protest the winter that Harvard University would begin the tumultuous process of merging with Radcliffe, its all-female sister school and the year that Jane Britton, an ambitious 23-year-old graduate student in Harvard's Anthropology Department and daughter of Radcliffe Vice President J. Boyd Britton, would be found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment. Forty years later, Becky Cooper a curious undergrad, will hear the first whispers of the story. In the first telling the body was nameless. The story was this: a Harvard student had had an affair with her professor, and the professor had murdered her in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology because she'd threatened to talk about the affair. Though the rumor proves false, the story that unfolds, one that Cooper will follow for ten years, is even more complex: a tale of gender inequality in academia, a 'cowboy culture' among empowered male elites, the silencing effect of institutions, and our compulsion to rewrite the stories of female victims. WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE is a memoir of mirrors, misogyny, and murder. It is at once a rumination on the violence and oppression that rules our revered institutions, a ghost story reflecting one young woman's past onto another's present, and a love story for a girl who was lost to history"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject-Personal Name Britton, Jane Sanders, 1945-1969.
Subject Harvard University Students.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Cold cases (Criminal investigation) Massachusetts Cambridge.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Murder Massachusetts Cambridge. Investigation
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Murder victims Massachusetts Cambridge Biography.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Sex discrimination in higher education United States.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Women graduate students Massachusetts Cambridge. Crimes against
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Women in higher education United States Social conditions.

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