EventsRobert A. Gross — The Transcendentalists and Their World

Robert A. Gross — The Transcendentalists and Their World

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Central Library in Copley Square


Join us in partnership with American Ancestor/NEHGS and the The Trustees of Reservations for a conversation with Robert A. Gross, author of The Transcendentalists and Their World, a book that offers a fresh view on nineteenth century Concord and its community of thinkers whose outsize impact on philosophy and literature spread from New England to the corners of the earth. Lucinda (Cindy) Brockway, Program Director of Cultural Resources for The Trustees of the Reservations, will moderate this discussion.

About the registration processes

This program will happen in-person in the Rabb Lecture Hall in the Lower Level of the Johnson Building of the Central Library in Copley Square. To attend in-person, please visit the registration box on this calendar entry.

This program will also happen online over Zoom webinar. To register for online attendance, please visit this link.

About the book

From the 1820s through the 1840s Concord, Massachusetts was home to celebrated authors, poets, and philosophers including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Louisa May and Bronson Alcott. These Transcendentalists and their neighbors lived through a transformative epoch of American life. Hear from Bancroft-winning historian Robert A. Gross about his latest work, The Transcendentalists and Their World, an intimate journey into the life of a community and a searching cultural study of major American writers who pursued spiritual truths.

About the author

(c) Janet L. Pritchard

Robert A. Gross is the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of The Minutemen and Their World (1976), winner of the Bancroft Prize, and of Books and Libraries in Thoreau’s Concord (1988); with Mary Kelley, he is coeditor of An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 17901840 (2010). A former assistant editor of Newsweek, he has written for Esquire, Harper’s, the Boston Globe, and the New York Times and his essays have appeared in The American Scholar, New England Quarterly, Raritan, and Yale Review.

About the moderator

Lucinda (Cindy) Brockway is ​Program Director of Cultural Resources, for The Trustees, where she leads a team of cultural resource specialists seeking innovative solutions for ​research and stewardship of their unique cultural sites. She ​and her team facilitated the curation of landscape research, planning and investments in the Old Manse (Concord), one of three National Landmark sites owned by The Trustees. Brockway is the author of two books and has published articles in Old House Journal, Colonial Homes, Accent, Nineteenth Century, and the American Public Gardens Association Magazine.

About our COVID-19 health and safety procedures

  • All programs are first-come, first-served until reduced capacity limits are reached.
  • Once capacity is reached, no one else will be admitted to the program.
  • All program attendees must wear masks covering the nose and mouth.
  • Program performer will remove their mask during the program.

Programming like this is enabled through the generosity of a variety of public and private funding. To learn more and support our programming, visit the Boston Public Library Fund website.

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