Tuesday, April 24, 2018

review: my dear hamilton by stephanie dray & laura kamoie

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Based on facts, My Dear Hamilton is a fictional account of the lives of American revolutionaries. Making use of historical documents and biographies such as Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton, Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie imagine the life of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. The authors cover not only the part that might be familiar from history class or the musical, but also her life prior to marrying as well as her tremendous accomplishments (she cofounded New York City's first private orphanage) after her husband's death for, as stated in the open of the first chapter, "[She] was someone before [she] met Alexander Hamilton." Dray and Kamoie have crafted a vivid and detailed depiction of an amazing time in American history. My Dear Hamilton is a must read for anyone wanting to know more than what can be learned in a 2 hour and 45 minute musical.
Review copy provided by the publisher, William Morrow.

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