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Joel Myerson Annual Lecture Series

The Concord Free Public Library—in partnership with representatives from the Association for Documentary Editing, Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, Louisa May Alcott Society, Thoreau Society, and Margaret Fuller Society—will host the inaugural event for the Joel Myerson annual lecture series at the Concord Free Public Library’s Goodwin Forum in Concord, MA (virtual attendance options also available).

The lecture will be delivered by Megan Marshall, the Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer of Margaret Fuller: An American Life. The title of her lecture is “After Lives: Bringing Una Hawthorne Home.” Following the lecture, representatives from the four single-author societies and the ADE will contribute to a roundtable conversation. The lecture and roundtable will be followed by a reception in the Rotunda.

You can find more information about the event and register for it here.

Joel Myerson Annual Lecture Series:
“After Lives: Bringing Una Hawthorne Home”
with Megan Marshall

A reception will be held in the Rotunda following the event. Una Hawthorne Pastel on Gray Paper. By Henriette Corkran and William Gorman Wills. (Photo © 2020 James E. Coutré)


Megan Marshall is the author of three biographical works: The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, Mark Lynton History Prize, and Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction, as well as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography; Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Biography and Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction; and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), a finalist for the Christian Gauss Prize in Literary Criticism of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Registration required. Spaces are limited.

About the Joel Myerson Annual Lecture Series

The Joel Myerson Annual Lecture Series will engage the public in the study of American literature and literary history, focusing on writers associated with Concord, Massachusetts, and American Transcendentalism, with an interdisciplinary outlook. The series will highlight the work and ideas of emergent scholarship, drawing on the values Myerson personified as a generous mentor, teacher, and public speaker and amplifying the diversity of representation that Joel Myerson exemplified in his textual scholarship and editorial initiatives. The series will promote lifelong learning and the recovery of primary source materials that teach us about the future as well as the past—beginning in Concord and radiating outward to American literature and culture as a means to engage with current events, conservation, and reform.
After Prof. Joel Myerson’s died in 2021, the William Munroe Special Collections at the Concord Free Public Library, along with representatives from the Louisa May Alcott Society, Margaret Fuller Society, The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, The Thoreau Society, and The Association for Documentary Editing, launched the Joel Myerson Annual Lecture Series. Megan Marshall’s talk will be the inaugural lecture.
The Concord Free Public Library Corporation generously sponsors the series.
Please get in touch with them if you would like to support the series:
Photo by Gail Samuelson Photo by Gail Samuelson


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