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About Carol DeBoer-Langworthy

Let's call this an "Autobiography." I was born in South Dakota, grew up in northern Minnesota, and was educated at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After college I lived for two years in (then West) Berlin, returning to St. Paul to work for the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a reporter. Then came work in Egypt, where I taught English as a Foreign Language to graduate students at the American University in Cairo.

After a short sojourn in the Polka Capitol of the World (New Ulm, Minnesota), came Denver. This culminated in a master's degree in American history from the University of Denver in 1980. Returning to Minnesota, I worked as a grantswriter, director of public information, and administrator at Macalester and the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in St. Paul. For nearly 15 years I lived in beautiful Northfield, Minnesota—the town whose bank Jesse James could not rob.

1994 brought me to Brown University to head up the Women Writers Project (See link below). In 1998 I began teaching in the English Department and now specialize in a course called Lifewriting in the Nonfiction Writing Program.

Since discovering Neith Boyce in the first women's history course at the University of Denver in 1974, my life and hers have been intertwined. The master's thesis was a biographical study of Neith; the Ph.D. dissertation became an edition of Neith's autobiography and diaries.

Currently I'm working to reprint Neith's Harry: A Portrait, a memoir she published in 1923 depicting the short life of her firstborn, Boyce Hapgood (1901-1917). Boyce renamed himself "Harry," and died of the Spanish Influenza in 1918 in New Mexico.

My long-term goal is to produce a literary biography of Neith Boyce, incorporating the story of her life with her writings. Because Neith's writing was so directly tied to her personal life, it seems wise to tackle it all together.

“Writing Minnesota”: A collaborative memoir project
Along with three Brown University students, CDBL is writing her memoirs of growing up in Minnesota. This volume is a patchwork of memories of Minnesota locations experienced by different people at different times. The project was begun with support from the Dean of the College of Brown University.