Saturday, February 2 at 1:00 pm

From the Nineteenth Century to Now: Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Literary Legacy

During the winter months the museum & archives will offer a special two-part program to introduce local author, Catharine Sedgwick (1789-1867), to modern readers.  On Saturday, February 2, 2013  at 1:00 p.m., Sedgwick scholar Lucinda Damon-Bach, Ph.D. will present an introductory program focusing on Sedgwick’s early novels that launched her forty-year career as an author – particularly those set in the Berkshires – exploring Sedgwick’s role as a founder of American literature through her writing, friendships, and interactions with fellow authors (including William Ellery Channing, James Fenimore Cooper, Lydia Maria Child, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne).  This lecture will be free and open to the public.

Following the lecture, those who register will have six weeks to read two of Sedgwick’s novels, A New England Tale (1822), set in the Stockbridge region, and her second, Redwood: A Tale (1824), which earned her international recognition and includes several New England settings, including the Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, MA.  Professor Damon-Bach will then host a book circle discussion on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

About the presenter: Lucinda L. Damon-Bach is Professor of English at Salem State University and contributing co-editor, with Victoria Clements, of Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives (2003). Dr. Damon-Bach has helped to organize seven conferences on Sedgwick and her contemporaries, including “Transatlantic Women,” at the Rothermere American Institute of the University of Oxford, U.K., which spawned her most recent book. She is now at work on a full-length biography of Sedgwick and a new edition of Redwood.  Damon-Bach is the founder and current president of the Catharine Maria Sedgwick Society (since 1997).

For more information, please contact Curator Barbara Allen at (413) 298-5501.

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