T. Madison Peschock, a May 2012 graduate of the IUP Literature doctoral program and a current assistant professor of English temporary faculty member, was interviewed twice by the Wall Street Journal for her groundbreaking dissertation, “A Well-Hidden Secret: Harper Lee’s Contributions to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.”
Peschock, who won two academic grants from the graduate school during the research for her dissertation, traveled to both the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress, where the research notes of Capote and Lee are housed. She combed meticulously through both authors’ notes and juxtaposed them to one another in order to reveal what Lee’s contributions to Capote’s nonfiction novel were.
Peschock’s dissertation is becoming known among literary critics and has been referred to recently in the September 13, 2012, edition of the Wall Street Journal.
Department of English