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Book and Videorecording of Talk Related to Hannah Duston
Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Dustonís Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America by Jay Atkinson
Jay Atkinson teaches writing at Boston University and is the author of eight books. He has written for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Newsday and Menís Health, among other publications and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. He grew up hearing Hannah Duston's story in his hometown of Methuen, Massachusetts, which was part of Haverhill until 1726.
On Thursday, April 20, Jay Atkinson gave a talk about his book at North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA. Professor Atkinson opens by talking a bit about his life and his writing and then focuses on the book about Hannah Duston.
Researchers Determine Execution Site of Accused Salem Witches
An article in the Jan. 11, 2016 Salem News entitled "Proctorís Ledge in Salem Confirmed as Witch Execution Site" describes the research that led to this conclusion by scholars after five years of research. Another article in the Washington Post also discusses the findings.
Here is a picture of Proctorís Ledge, Salem, the newly confirmed site of the hanging of the accused witches
(photography by Joseph R. Modugno)
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New York Times article "Retracing a Vengeful Motherís Path of Escape" by Jay Atkinson, Nov 15, 2015
Atkinson writes about his journey on the Merrimack River, near Concord, NH, retracing Hannah Dustonís 1697 escape from captivity by the Abenaki warriors.
We have posted three new links to websites featuring articles and the recently discovered notes by Thoreau made during his search of the shoreline on Fire Island where the ship Margaret Fuller was on capsized in July, 1850, and she, her husband, and her child died.
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Valenti, Patricia Dunlavy. Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, Volume 2, 1848-1871. Columbia, MO:
University of Missouri Press, 2014.
This book is now available.
According to the press release by the University of Missouri Press, in this second volume of her acclaimed biography of Sophia Hawthorne, "Patricia Dunlavy Valenti's thorough research culminates in a compelling account of Sophia's travels to Great Britain and Europe and her intense personal relationships beyond her marriage with men and women, among them notable figures in American history and literature. The details of this less examined and surprising second half of Sophia's life demonstrate her contributions as a travel writer and art critic in addition to her extensive influence upon Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing."
Note: Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, Volume 1, 1809-1847 (published by the University of Missouri Press in 2004) is also available.
Also by Patricia Dunlavy Valenti:
To Myself A Stranger A Biography of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State UP, 1991.
NPR Interviews Professor Sam Coale for Story on Hawthorne and Melville
The Hawthorne in Salem Website was approached by NPR for help on a story on Hawthorne and Melville, so we suggested NPR interview Dr. Samuel Coale, Hawthorne scholar and professor of English at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. NPR did interview Professor Coale, and here is a link to the story.
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