Author talk with Robert A. Gross

Sunday, December 5, 2021 - 2:00pm


Jayne Gordon to interview Robert A. Gross, author of  The Minutemen and Their World and winner of the Bancroft Prize, about his latest book, The Transcendentalists and Their World.  Robert Gross offers us a fresh look into the 19th century literary revolution that was ignited in Concord and continues to shape our social and political thought today.

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The program is brought to you by the Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A program in partnership with the Thoreau Society.


Jayne Gordon lived in Concord for close to a half century before moving to Damariscotta, Maine four years ago. She retired as Director of Education and Public Programs of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and before that was Director of the Thoreau Society and of Alcotts’ Orchard House, and Director of Education at both the Walden Woods Project and the Concord Museum. She has led ten weeklong National Endowment for the Humanities workshops in Concord for K-12 teachers on both the American Revolution and the world of Henry Thoreau. Jayne taught a local history course and designed tour guide training for the Town of Concord for over two decades. Her focus – in her career as a museum educator, administrator, and consultant, and now teaching courses in Maine – has consistently been the intersection of landscape, literature, and local history. She will lead a walking tour on Concord’s black and antislavery history.



Robert A. Gross is the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut; he focuses on the social and cultural history of the United States, from the colonial era through the nineteenth century. He received the Bancroft Prize for his first book, The Minutemen and Their World (25th anniversary edition, 2001). The Transcendentalists and Their World, his reconstruction of Concord in the era of Emerson and Thoreau, appeared with Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2021. His seminar on “Concord and Boston in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller” takes place on June 28.


Order Signed copies of the book through the Shop at Walden Pond eStore.