The UCSB Library is pleased to present a program focusing on the letters written by and to Henry D. Thoreau, the Transcendalist writer, naturalist, and social activist. Elizabeth Witherell, who directs the Thoreau Edition housed in the UCSB Library, will speak about her work on Thoreau’s correspondence, and Casey Caldwell, UCSB Library staff, and Sophie Hassett, UCSB student in theater, will read selections from a group of letters between Thoreau and Emerson.
This program celebrates the August 2013 publication of the first volume of Thoreau's correspondence. When complete, the three-volume set will include every extant letter written or received by Thoreau. These letters provide the only direct evidence we have of Thoreau's relationships and interactions with others. They offer a glimpse of his changing presentation of himself as he gossips with family members, exchanges philosphical views with friends, and responds to fans.
This free public talk will take place in the Library's Mary Cheadle Room (3rd floor)
Please contact Alex Regan with any questions at aregan [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu or 805-893-3605.