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For fans of the musical Hamilton, here is a stunning picture book biography about Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s extraordinary wife and an important figure in her own right.
We all know the story of scrappy Alexander Hamilton and his rise in American politics—but how much do we know about his workmate, inspiration, and stabilizing force, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton? Margaret McNamara employs the letter-writing style of the period to tell the story of Eliza Hamilton, who was born into a family of considerable wealth, power, and influence in Albany, New York, in 1757. Eliza was expected to marry into a similarly powerful family…until she met and fell in love with the charismatic Hamilton. She stood by him throughout his tumultuous life, and after his death, she single-handedly collected his papers and preserved them for historians and musical-theater writers of the future. Eliza outlived Hamilton by fifty years; during that time she founded the first orphanage in New York State, raised funds for the Washington Monument, and kept the flame of her husband’s memory and achievements alive. Featuring Esme Shapiro’s exquisite, thoroughly researched art, which mirrors paintings from 18th-century America, this is a beautiful and informative biography with extensive back matter.
Kids love Hamilton: Hamilton is a sensation and has legions of exuberant fans, including lots and lots of kids.
Best of wives and best of women: Eliza was one of history’s earliest powerful women. She was strong, influential, and independent.
Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?: Finally, a book that tells the story of Eliza Hamilton’s legacy.
Hamilton fever is increasing: It’s hard to believe, but the Hamilton mania is just beginning. There are productions of the musical in Chicago, London, San Francisco, and LA.
Hamilton national tour starting in January 2018: San Diego; Denver; Boston; Salt Lake City; Atlanta; Des Moines; Charlotte; Tempe; Portland, OR; Houston; Las Vegas; Cleveland; Seattle; Costa Mesa; St. Louis; and Washington, DC.
Women rule: Books about women are hugely popular now.
Celebrity afterword: Phillipa Soo, the actress who originated the role of Eliza in Hamilton and founded the Eliza Project at Graham Windham, has contributed the afterword.
And more: Extensive back matter includes information about America’s revolution, the historical relevance of letter writing, and a timeline.
National Media Campaign
Pre-Publication F&G Mailing to Top Trade Review Publications (Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The New York Times Book Review, Booklist, The Horn Book) and long-lead national magazines
Outreach across national print, online and broadcast outlets
Pursue interview(s) with Philippa Soo [NPR, CBS Early Show]
At-Publication Blog Tour
Local Media Outreach (New York, NY)
Local Author Appearances (New York, NY)
Feature in Women’s History Round-up Media Pitch
Pursue Event/Donation tie-in with Graham Windham (New York, NY)
Pursue Event with Library of Congress/Smithsonian and Librarian of Congress – Philippa Soo and author
Author Website: www.margaretmcnamara.net; www.esmeshapiro.net
“A lovely biography of a revolutionary in her own right.”—Booklist, starred review