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Today we profile Elizabeth L. Bradley, who has contributed the chapter “Dutch New York from Irving to Wharton” to the Cambridge Companion.

Betsy is Assistant Director for Public Programs and Lifelong Learning at the New York Public Library, where she has also served as deputy director for the Dorothy and Lewis Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She holds a doctorate in English from New York University and a bachelor’s from Harvard. Betsy is the city’s reigning expert on the life, work, and influence of Washington Irving: she is the author of