Retired professor’s love story to be featured on Wisconsin Public Radio

October 10, 2011

A retired professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has published a love story in letters that will be read aloud on Wisconsin Public Radio.

The writer, Margot Peters, edited "Summers: A True Love Story," a bittersweet tale of love and longing told by letters written between 1949 and 1960 between a young man and woman who meet as teenagers. Peters was the woman; the man remains anonymous.

Their story will be featured on "Chapter a Day" from Oct. 10 to 21 on Wisconsin Public Radio, read by host Jim Fleming and actress Susan Sweeney.

Peters taught literature and women's studies at UW-Whitewater from 1969 to 1991. She has written biographies of Charlotte Bronte, May Sarton, the Barrymores and Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.

Her newest biography, published this fall by the University of Wisconsin Press, tells the story of Blackhawk Island poet Lorine Niedecker. The book's title is "Lorine Niedecker: A Poet's Life."


Sara Kuhl