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The Lowells of Massachusetts

Nonfiction: Biography / History
Unabridged   16 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/11/2017

The Lowells of Massachusetts

An American Family

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681685304
Digital Download ISBN:9781681685311


For the first time, Nina Sankovitch tells the story of the Lowells—a fascinating and powerful dynasty—in The Lowells of Massachusetts.

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The Lowells of Massachusetts were a remarkable family. They were settlers in the New World in the 1600s, revolutionaries creating a new nation in the 1700s, merchants and manufacturers building prosperity in the 1800s, and scientists and artists flourishing in the 1900s.

Though no strangers to controversy, the family boasted some of the most astonishing individuals in America’s history: Percival Lowle, the patriarch who planted the roots of the family tree; Reverend John Lowell, the preacher; Judge John Lowell, a member of the Continental Congress; Francis Cabot Lowell, who some say was founder of the Industrial Revolution in the US; James Russell Lowell, American Romantic poet; Lawrence Lowell, one of Harvard’s most controversial presidents; and Amy Lowell, the twentieth century poet who lived openly in a Boston marriage with the actress Ada Dwyer Russell.

The Lowells realized the promise of America as the land of opportunity by uniting Puritan values of hard work, community service, and individual responsibility with a deep-seated optimism that became a well-known family trait. Long before the Kennedys put their stamp on Massachusetts, the Lowells claimed the bedrock.


"[Sankovitch's] ability to switch focus among family members while keeping readers fully engaged in the narrative is a significant achievement." —Library Journal

"A sturdy, busy multibiography of an eminent American family. . . . Sankovitch traces this long-enduring, Anglo-Saxon Massachusetts family and its many sterling American achievements. Exhaustive work by a clear admirer and dogged researcher." —Kirkus

"Sankovitch presents a fascinating collective biography chronicling the accomplishments, achievements, and setbacks of one of America's first and finest families." —Booklist

Author Bio

Nina Sankovitch is the author of Tolstoy and the Purple Chair and Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing. She was born in Evanston, Illinois and is a graduate of Evanston Township High School, Tufts University, and Harvard Law School. She lives with her four children, husband, and three cats in Connecticut.