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American Literature Association Annual Conference

Hawthorne Bicentennial Events in the Berkshires and Beyond

HAWTHORNE REVISITED, the publication
Lenox Library, Denis Lesieur, Executive Director, Publisher
Gordon Hyatt, Project Director; University Press of New England, distributor; David Scribner, The Berkshire Eagle, editor; Jane McWhorter, designer; Pamela Dalton, original illustrations

SYMPHONY SPACE, NYC, “Selected Shorts”
Isaiah Sheffer, Artistic Director
For the renowned NPR series, “Selected Shorts,” will include on-air readings of Hawthorne short stories such as Young Goodman Brown and Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment by distinguished readers.

CHESTERWOOD: Hawthorne Bust
Michael Panhorst, Director; Linda Jackson, Curator
During the bicentennial summer, Chesterwood is seeking to arrange a loan of the original plaster of Daniel Chester French’s posthumous portrait bust of Hawthorne executed in 1923 for the NYU Hall of Fame from The New-York Historical Society. A reception will welcome the installation.

Shakespeare &Company, sponsors; Susan Bronson, Director of Development (413) 637-1199
On Saturday, October 9, 2004, HAWTHORNE REVISITED, a Gala Hawthorne Celebration will be presented at Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood. The program will feature an outstanding array of performers and participants. Dinner parties hosted by friends of Shakespeare & Company will help celebrate the evening.

A musical prelude will open the program.

An illustrated profile of Hawthorne’s life delivered by Mike Wallace, the event host, will be followed by readings from his novels (The Scarlet Letter, The House of the Seven Gables, The Blithedale Romance, The Marble Faun) as well as Hawthorne excerpts about his writing techniques, views from his Civil War report, Chiefly About War Matters, and a scene from Carol Gilligan’s stage adaptation of The Scarlet Letter.

As with the Melville benefit, when Governor Jane Swift spoke of the creativity in the Berkshires, we will invite Senator Kennedy (a Shakespeare & Company supporter) or Governor Romney to address the Gala audience. Hawthorne Gala committee members are currently being enlisted.


Charles Flint, Organizer; Gary Evelund, Preparator
The Welles Gallery is reserved for a September-October Exhibition devoted to Hawthorne’s years in the Berkshires. Various objects, first editions, paintings, illustrations and objects are now being identified.
The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA 01201 owns Hawthorne’s desk used in Lenox when he wrote The House of the Seven Gables.
The Grolier Club, New York City will lend the Cephas Thompson Hawthorne portrait (1850) and also holds a framed copy of the 1904 commemorative medal of Hawthorne. The Berkshire Athenaeum owns the Twitchell Portrait of Melville—and the two authors paired portraits show how each looked at the time of their friendship.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, holds a locket of the author’s hair and a first edition of The Scarlet Letter, presented to Mrs. Gardner by Annie Fields, widow of James T. Fields, of Ticknor & Fields, Hawthorne’s publisher.
A collection of still photos from films based on Hawthorne novels from the collection of Jerry Vermilye plus regular showing of the films on video is projected.
More to be announced.

EXHIBITION: Rosenbach Museum, 2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Derek Dreher, Director; Mike Barsanti, Director of Special Projects (215) 732-1600; fax (215) 545-7529
The Museum founder, Dr. Rosenbach, was a keen collector of Hawthorne editions and Mr. Barsanti is exploring its relevant holdings for a Hawthorne exhibition. He plans a Marathon Reading of a Hawthorne novel (each year they read Joyce; 2004 will be the 100th Anniversary of Blooms day and the 50th Anniversary of the Rosenbach).

Gordon Hyatt, Project Director

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