By Talia Lavin

Talia Lavin is a fact checker at the New Yorker who loves art and dogs, but owns neither. She was a Fulbright fellow in 2013 and came in third place on Jeopardy! in September.

  1. Edmonia Lewis in her lifetime was an enigmatic, singular figure, a maker of art in pristine marble. Though highly educated, she allowed the contemporary press to portray her as a naïf savant; though black and female, she succeeded in exhibiting her sculpture alongside the upper crust on both sides of the Atlantic.

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