Robert D. Richardson, Jr., 25th Annual ODU Literary Festival

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Mills Godwin 102

Author/Artist Bio

Robert D. Richardson, Jr. is the author of Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind, and Emerson: The Mind on Fire, for which he won the Bancroft Award in History. His work is widely acclaimed, and he has been recipient of the Francis Parkman Prize for literary distinction in the writing of history and biography, The Society of American Historians Melcher Book Award, the Unitarian Universalist Association Certificate of Merit, and the Gale Research Company St. Nicholas Society Literary Award. He has taught at Harvard University, University of Colorado and Wesleyan University. He is a co-editor of the recently published Three Centuries of American Poetry.


Friday, October 4th, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.

From the days of Emerson and Thoreau to the present, nature writing has fascinated readers. The experience of being in forests, mountains, caves, swamps, or anywhere in nature evokes strong emotions, energizes the imagination, and requires expression. Award-winning writers - Barbara Hurd, Robert Richardson, and Marjorie Sandor - join moderator Tom Robotham on a journey into the craft and substance of nature writing.


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