Wendy Moffat

Writer & Teacher

Wounded Minds

Non-fiction Book

Wounded Minds recounts the psychic cost of the First World War through the stories of two prophetic Americans who risked their lives in France: psychiatrist Thomas Salmon, who brought treatment directly to the battlefield, and journalist Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, who was nearly killed covering the Marne battles for the New Republic. Both were idealists. Both were pioneers in their fields. And both returned to an America oblivious to the tens of thousands of veterans suffering from what we now call PTSD. Once home, these lesser-known American trailblazers put their careers on the line to force the U.S. government to acknowledge and treat the deep psychiatric wounds that veterans carried with them.

Photo: View of Dr. Salmon's neuropsychiatric hospital from the chateau at Lafauche, 1917 (National Library of Medicine).

A Great Unrecorded History

Non-fiction Book

E. M. Forster’s homosexuality was the central fact of his life. Between Wilde’s imprisonment and the Stonewall riots, Forster led a long, strange, and imaginative existence as a gay man. He preserved a vast archive of his private life — a history of gay experience he believed would find its audience in a happier time. Seeing Forster’s life through the lens of his sexuality, Wendy Moffat’s biography offers us a dramatic new view — revealing his astuteness as a social critic, his political bravery, and his prophetic vision of gay intimacy. A Great Unrecorded History casts fresh light on one of the most beloved writers of the twentieth century.

Photo: George Platt Lynes takes Morgan Forster's portrait in New York, June 1947 (permission of the estate of George Platt Lynes).

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Wendy Moffat is an author, teacher, wife to one lawyer, mother to two writers, and friend to all dogs.

Born in London and educated in New Haven, Wendy lives in Carlisle, Pa., where she’s a professor of English and holds the Curley Chair in Global Education at Dickinson College. Her dedication to education is apparent not only in the classroom, but also in the lifelong relationships she cultivates with her students.

Her writing has spanned topics including Jane Austen, photography, modernism and sexuality, pedagogy, and academic administration. In 2010, she published A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster, which was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and finalist for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography, among other honors. The New York Times’ Jane Maslin wrote, “None of [Forster’s] biographers have had either the will or the wherewithal to concentrate as closely on Forster’s sexuality as Wendy Moffat.... In A Great Unrecorded History, she offers an insightful, revelatory portrait of a man who deeply resented having to hide such an important side of himself.”

Wendy is currently at work on a biography of two lesser-known Americans — field psychiatrist Thomas Salmon and war journalist Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant — who experienced (and, in Sergeant’s case, nearly died in) World War I. After returning to the States, they crusaded to have psychiatric trauma recognized as a legitimate war wound. Their pioneering work forever altered the way we understand the psychiatric impacts of war.

Wendy holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Yale University.

Want to get in touch with Wendy? You can reach her at moffat@dickinson.edu.

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