Reading and book party in Auditorium and Great Hall of The New-York Historical
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;
A new book celebrating the bicentennial of Nathaniel Hawthorne's birth will
be honored in a program featuring David Strathairn, Carol Gilligan, and Hawthorne
biographer Brenda Wineapple at a reading and book party in Auditorium and Great
Hall of The New-York Historical Society on Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30pm.
The writers and subjects range from Louis Auchincloss and Elizabeth Hardwick
on The Scarlet Letter to Paul Auster on Hawthorne’s journals
and what they reveal about his family life; from Harrison Hayford’s previously
unpublished exploration of Hawthorne’s influence on Melville to Carol
Gilligan’s contemporary attempts to adapt Hawthorne’s work for the
stage; from Wendell Garrett’s evocation of nineteenth-century Salem to
Hawthorne’s own journalism – “Chiefly About War Matters by
a Peaceable Man,” written for The Atlantic Monthly in 1862.
Also, curators of Hawthorne historical sites explore the influence of physical
environment on the writer; biographer Brenda Wineapple examines the author’s
political views, including his controversial disdain of abolitionists; scholar
Michael Gilmore views Hawthorne’s relationship to classical truths; journalist
and novelist Tom Wicker offers an appraisal of Hawthorne’s skills as a
war correspondent; and journalist Neil Hickey considers the author’s ongoing
cultural influence through film and television adaptations of his work.
This illustrated volume will also feature both historic visual materials and
original, full-page silhouettes in a nineteenth century style by paper cut artist
The program features David Strathairn reading from Hawthorne's writing, Brenda
Wineapple discussing Hawthorne and slavery, Carol Gilligan discussing Hawthorne
and feminism, as well as scenes from the 1926 silent film version of The
Scarlet Letter, starring Lillian Gish and directed by Victor Seastrom.
Champagne reception: Charles Heidsieck
will be pouring 3L bottles of its legendary Brut Vintage 1989 en Jeroboam
Book signing to follow.
Free to members of the 1804 League
$7 / $4 members, seniors & students
Underwriting has been secured from The Berkshire Hills Foundation, The Lehrman
Institute, The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, The High Meadow
Foundation and Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. The book will
be available at Hawthorne events and locations and distributed in the bookstores
of participating organizations at $19.95.