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Encyclopedia > Melanie Thernstrom

Melanie Thernstrom (b. 1965) is an author and freelance journalist who frequently writes about murders and true crime.


She is the daughter of Abigail Thernstrom, a prominent neoconservative political scientist, and Stephan Thernstrom, the Winthrop Professor of American History at Harvard.


Thernstrom attended Harvard University; her senior honors thesis was entitled Mistakes of Metaphor, an account of the murder of her best friend, Roberta Lee, by Lee’s boyfriend three years earlier. Thernstrom's poetry professor showed it to literary agents, and she soon received an advance of $367,000. The Dead Girl, which was published by Pocket Books in 1990, was a combination of literary theory and true crime. Harold Brodkey noted "I like this book better than In Cold Blood." Harvard University campus (old map) Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Harold Brodkey (October 25, 1930 – January 26, 1996) was an American author. ... In Cold Blood by Truman Capote In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences, by Truman Capote (ISBN 0679745580), details the 1959 murders of Herbert Clutter, a wealthy farmer from Holcomb, Kansas; his wife, Bonnie; his 16-year-old daughter, Nancy; and his 15-year...


Thernstrom's second book, Halfway Heaven: Diary of a Harvard Murder, was about Sinedu Tadesse, a Harvard junior who murdered her roommate and then committed suicide while living at Dunster House 1995. Sinedu Tadesse (1974-1995) was a junior at Harvard University when, in 1995, she murdered her roommate, Trang Ho, and then killed herself. ... The tower of Dunster House Dunster House was built in 1930, and is one of the first two Harvard University dormitories constructed under President Abbott Lawrence Lowells House Plan, and one of the seven Houses given to Harvard by Edward Harkness. ...


In 1997, Thernstrom wrote a lengthy Vanity Fair article on murdered college student Matthew Shepard. Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was an American student at the University of Wyoming, who was attacked by Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney near Laramie, Wyoming on the night of October 6–October 7, 1998. ...


Thernstrom has taught creative writing at Cornell, Harvard, and the University of California at Irvine. She has written pieces for Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and her writing regularly appears in The New York Times Magazine. This is about the university. ... The University of California, Irvine is a public, coeducational university situated in suburban Irvine, California. ... Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero is a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray that satirizes society in early 19th-century England. ... The New Yorkers first cover, which is reprinted most years on the magazines anniversary. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


 
 

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