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Laura Walls on the Women of the Thoreau Family

August 20, 2020 7:00 PM — 8:00 PM


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As we mark the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, historian Laura Dassow Walls will discuss Henry David Thoreau’s mother, sisters, and aunts based on her book, Thoreau: A Life which the late Robert Richardson described as “the best all-around biography of Thoreau ever written.”

Laura Dassow Walls is a Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life (Chicago University Press, 2017).  This book, the first full-length, comprehensive biography of Thoreau in a generation, draws on extensive new research and the full range of Thoreau’s published and unpublished writings to present Thoreau as vigorously alive in all his quirks and contradictions—fully embedded in his place and time, yet speaking powerfully to the problems and perils of today.

Walls’ biography Henry David Thoreau: A Life is available for in-store and curbside pickup as well as shipping via Media Mail thanks to our partners at the Concord Bookshop.  Order your copy here.

Please note that this forum is virtual.  Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live on Thursday, August 20.

This is a free event.  Donations are encouraged to support the Concord Museum’s Education initiatives.

This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund.


August 20, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm