Singular Characters: Thoreau & Hawthorne
Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m.
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Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne might appear vastly different on the surface: Thoreau was a Transcendental and outspoken reformer, Hawthorne was a brooding conservative Democrat. Yet the two men formed a surprising bond in their years living in Concord. In this 50-minute program, living history performers Richard Smith and Rob Velella will explore the relationship of Thoreau and Hawthorne using their original words to convey their thoughts on their 19th century world, their contemporaries like Alcott and Emerson, and one another. The program , which premiered at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in July to glowing reviews, gleans from letters, journals, speeches, and other writing to bring listeners back to Concord of the mid-1800s.