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W&L History Professor Sarah Horowitz Publishes Book “The Red Widow” hit bookshelves on Sept. 6 and has received positive reviews.

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Sarah Horowitz —  professor of history and head of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Washington and Lee — has published a new book that hit shelves on Sept. 6.

Titled “The Red Widow: The Scandal That Shook Paris and the Woman Behind It All,” the book paints an unforgettable portrait of Marguerite Steinheil, who became one of the most notorious women in Paris in the early 20th century by virtue of sex, scandal and murder.

The book is among Lambda Library’s most anticipated LGBTQIA+ books for September, along with one of the Washington Post’s 10 noteworthy books for the month.

“I wanted to write this book because it was a gripping story centered on the life of a fascinating and complex woman,” said Horowitz. “I also thought it was a way into understanding the past and attitudes about women, class, and sexuality in late 19th and early 20th century France.”

Horowitz will be discussing her book on Friday, Sept. 23 from 7-8 p.m. at New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville.

“The Red Widow” is the second book Horowitz has published; she also wrote “Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France” in 2013.

Horowitz has been a member of the history faculty at W&L since 2008. She specializes in French history from the 17th century to present day, as well as the history of gender and sexuality in modern Europe.

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