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We keep the dead close : a murder at Harvard and a half century of silence  Cover Image Book Book

We keep the dead close : a murder at Harvard and a half century of silence / Becky Cooper.

Cooper, Becky, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538746837
  • ISBN: 1538746832
  • Physical Description: 499 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 441-499).
Formatted Contents Note:
The story -- The girl -- The rumor -- The myth -- The echo -- The legacy -- The resolution.
Summary, etc.:
"1969: the height of counterculture; the year Harvard would begin the tumultuous process of merging with sister school Radcliffe; and the year that Jane Britton, an ambitious graduate student in Harvard's Anthropology department, would be found bludgeoned to death in her apartment. Forty years later, Becky Cooper, a curious undergrad, will first hear whispers of the story: The dead was nameless. A student had an affair with her professor, and he murdered her in the Peabody Museum. Though this rumor would prove false, it started an investigation that would consume Cooper's life for the next ten years. We Keep The Dead Close is a narrative of mirrors, misogyny, and murder. It is at once a rumination on the violence and oppression that rules our revered institutions, a ghost story reflecting one young woman's past onto another's present, and a love story for a girl who was lost to history"--Dust jacket flap.
Subject: Britton, Jane, 1945-1969.
Harvard University > Students.
Murder > Investigation > Massachusetts > Cambridge.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation) > Massachusetts > Cambridge.
Murder victims > Massachusetts > Cambridge > Biography.
Women graduate students > Crimes against > Massachusetts > Cambridge.
Women in higher education > United States > Social conditions.
Sex discrimination in higher education > United States.
Genre: True crime stories.

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