Sherry L. Smith

of radical sex meeting up with radical history during the most radical decades of the twentieth century—told with admirable sympathy for both of its larger-than-life principals.”

—Vivian Gornick

Sherry Smith’s riveting narrative explores how two unforgettable people found each other and created a set of commitments about living that progressives today would immediately recognize as their own.”

—Daniel J. Sharfstein

 A revelatory biography of a radical romance at the dawn of the twentieth century.


Sherry L. Smith


Sherry L. Smith grew up in Northwest Indiana, a place tucked between Chicago’s cultural treasures and the natural wonders of the Indiana Dunes. Yet, the American West won her over as a subject of historical study and place to live. After undergraduate education at Purdue University, Smith moved to Seattle, enrolled in the University of Washington for her Ph.d., and has resided west of the Mississippi River ever since.  She is University Distinguished Professor of History (Emerita) at Southern Methodist University.  Her award winning books include Hippies, Indians, and the Fight for Red Power and Reimagining Indians: Native Americans Through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940, both published by Oxford University Press.

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