Biographer Patricia Valenti will speak about Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, one of the first professional women artists in America as well as a prolific writer. Sophia’s thousands of pages of letters and journal entries contain as much artifice as spontaneous disclosure, and her husband, Nathaniel Hawthorne, created his own version of her persona in his writing. Long-time member of Women Writing Women’s Lives, Valenti will discuss how she addresses the permeable boundaries between life and art in the second volume of her Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life. This talk is one of the Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progess Lectures.
February 27, 2012,
4 – 5:30 p.m
Room 9204 at the CUNY Grad Center.
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
Free and open to the public
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