“After a well-known author dies, lesser mortals—those with grievances, her admirers, Ph.D. wannabees, other writers—set out to add or subtract their individual stones to the cairn growing in the writer’s memory.” These are the words of Elizabeth Moulton in her first piece published for the Sewanee Review. Moulton, who contributed essays to our magazine for over a decade, passed away this July. The Sewanee Review would like to remember the life and work of Elizabeth Moulton, adding our stone of admiration to the cairn growing in her memory.
In these pages she published a vignette of her relationship with the famous food writer M. F. K. Fisher. Looking back on her work as a featured assistant for Mademoiselle (where Elizabeth Moulton was known as Betsy Day), she published an essay remembering George Davis, longtime editor at Mademoiselle.
In addition to publishing in the Sewanee Review, Elizabeth Moulton’s non-fiction can be found in Mademoiselle, Flair, American Artist, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Gourmet and other magazines. Her stories appeared Mademoiselle, Redbook, McCall's, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. In 1980 Harper & Row published her first novel, Fatal Demonstrations, which a reviewer for the VQR called “a fascinating book and clearly a first novel worth reading.”