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“Captivating” — The New York Post on Chief Engineer

“Ms. Wagner’s writing is graceful, even evocative, conveying a mellow admiration of Washington Roebling that suits the man… A welcome tribute to the persistence, precision and humanity of Washington Roebling and a love-song for the mighty New York bridge he built with the help of his pioneering, if irascible, father.” — Allen C. Guelzo, The Wall Street Journal

Chief Engineer, my biography of Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, has just been published by Bloomsbury on both sides of the Atlantic. Look out below for events I’m doing on both sides of the Atlantic! I’m so pleased to be Consulting Literary Editor for Harper’s Bazaar; I write for the magazine every month, and blog for them here. I’m a Contributing Writer for The New Statesman, as well as writing for The Financial TimesThe EconomistThe New York Times… follow me @EricaWgnr where I’ll post links to my pieces!

“In this keenly observed and deeply felt biography, Erica Wagner brings Washington Roebling to life, examining both the rigorous mathematics and the complex psychology involved in envisioning one of mankind’s greatest built monuments.  The narrative is intensely absorbing, the prose tremendously clear, and the characters genuinely unforgettable.  This is history of the first order.” —Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far From the Tree

And since 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of Alan Garner’s The Owl Service, don’t forget that First Light, the book of essays I have edited for Unbound about the great Alan Garner — with contributions from Neil Gaiman,  Margaret Atwood, Stephen Fry, Ali Smith, Rowan Williams and many others — is just waiting to leap on to your shelves. Here’s a piece about it in the Guardian.

Events for Chief Engineer

Links will be posted as they become available… click to buy tickets!


August 24: Edinburgh International Book Festival, 5.45 pm

September 11: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

October 21: Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival

Quote of the day

  • - When a man thinks of the past, he becomes kinder. (From Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky)