Join renowned scholar Robert Richardson as he shares recent reflections on Emerson, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism with responses from Bay Emerson Bancroft, Robert Gross, and Megan Marshall.
Robert Richardson was born in Milwaukee, spent his early years in Medford and Concord, attended and graduated from Harvard, and then pursued a career of teaching and writing. In his mid-forties he turned to writing intellectual biographies, spending ten years each on Thoreau (A Life of the Mind), Emerson (The Mind on Fire), and William James (In the Maelstrom of American Modernism). He currently divides his time between Key West, Cripple Creek, VA, and Cape Cod. As one reviewer has written: “While Richardson’s scholarly mastery of his subjects—the founding fathers of American intellectual life—is impressive, what astonishes is his ability to provide the reader with a visceral experience of their lives. Richardson’s books bear the vivid energy of our most imaginative writers and belong,” says John Banville, “among the glories of contemporary literature.”
$5 Member | $10 Non-Member. This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund and grants from the Concord Cultural Council, the Lexington Council for the Arts, and the Lincoln Cultural Council – local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.