The New Yorker

The Tragic Misfit Behind “Harriet the Spy”

Illustration by Hayden Goodman

A new biography seeks to memorialize Louise Fitzhugh, the author of “Harriet the Spy,” as an unsung queer, feminist exemplar.

“Brody’s project is to rescue Fitzhugh from the morass of kid lit and memorialize her as an unsung queer, feminist exemplar—a significant figure of the second wave.”

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