Synopses & Reviews
Published in time for the 100th anniversary of the first flight, here is the first complete biography of the Wright Brothers' sister. Beloved sibling, confidant, and caregiver, Katharine managed many of her brothers' affairs. Based on a thorough study of her personal papers and the Wright archives, The Wright Sister
tells a touching personal story, and casts a uniquely intimate light on the lives of two of the twentieth century's most famous men.
"Maurer ably handles all aspects of Katharine's life, from explanations of flight... to the love letters she exchanged with an old college friend.... Maurer shows all the ways Katharine refused to live in the shadow of her brothers, no matter how high-flying they were." Abby McGanney Nolan, New York Times Book Review
"A perpetually rewarding and illuminating read, illustrated with black-and-white period photographs." Publishers Weekly
"The Wright Sister is a handsome piece of bookmaking. Maurer has found photographs not used elsewhere that help to focus on Katharine and give this treatment a unique touch." Harriett Fargnoli, School Library Journal
"[A]n important biography of a woman who also had the Wright stuff." Kirkus Reviews
The Wright Sister: Katharine Wright and Her Famous Brothers is a biography of the Wright brothers' sister.
Drawing from letters, personal papers, and archived materials, Maurer chronicles the life of the younger sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright, who gave up her teaching career to help them promote their new flying machine. Includes an Author's Note and black-and-white photos.
About the Author
Richard Maurer is the author of The Wild Colorado
and Airborne: The Search for the Secret of Flight
, winner of the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award.. He lives in central Massachusetts.