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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Meet the author of 'American Transcendentalism.'

An announcement for Boston-area readers who share my interest in American cultural and religious history, related to a book I'm currently reading with great interest:

The editors of Harvard Divinity Bulletin cordially invite you to attend a talk by Philip Gura titled "A New History Of American Transcendentalism." This event will take place on Wednesday, November 14, at 5:15 pm on the HDS campus in the Sperry Room, Andover Hall, followed by a reception and book signing in the Braun Room. Gura is William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina, and author of the new book American Transcendentalism (Hill and Wang).

Gura will also be making three other Boston-area appearances:

American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester MA
11/15/2007 2:00 PM

Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street
Boston MA
11/16/2007 12:15 PM

Condord Bookshop
65 Main Street
Concord MA
11/18/2007 2:00 PM

(Buy American Transcendentalism: A History by Philip Gura from, Powells, or Harvard Bookstore.)

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 7 November 2007 at 5:46 PM

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November 8, 2007 11:26 AM | Permalink for this comment

For those of us not near the Bay State, do you recommend the book?


November 8, 2007 11:44 AM | Permalink for this comment

Yes! I'm only 60 pages into it, but so far it's intellectual history on the same order as Daniel Walker Howe's "The Unitarian Conscience." (By the way, Howe has a new book out on the same period that's getting great reviews: "What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848.")

In other words, it's an academic book that non-specialists can also read.

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