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Episode Summary: Becky Cooper, author of WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE, joins us for an episode of our author interview series The Current. Cooper speaks to our host Clive Priddle, VP, Publisher of PublicAffairs on the inspirations behind her book about an unsolved Harvard murder from the 1960s.
Episode Air Date: December 4, 2020
by Becky Cooper
FINALIST FOR THE ALCS GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION
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Dive into a "tour de force of investigative reporting" (Ron Chernow): a "searching, atmospheric and ultimately entrancing" (Patrick Radden Keefe) true crime narrative of an unsolved 1969 murder at Harvard and an "exhilarating and seductive" (Ariel Levy) narrative of obsession and love for a girl who dreamt of rising among men.
You have to remember, he reminded me, that Harvard is older than the U.S. government. You have to remember because Harvard doesn't let you forget.
1969: the height of counterculture and the year universities would seek to curb the unruly spectacle of student protest; the winter that Harvard University would begin the tumultuous process of merging with Radcliffe, its all-female sister school; and the year that Jane Britton, an ambitious twenty-three-year-old graduate student in Harvard's Anthropology Department and daughter of Radcliffe Vice President J. Boyd Britton, would be found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment.