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Brooks Memorial Library

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Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States

February 2019

The Making of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

February 6
7:00 pm
Image of family in rough cabin

Middlebury professor Tim Spears looks at the 1941 publication of "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men." Depicting the lives of southern sharecroppers, writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans resisted journalistic conventions to produce a book that raises important questions about the nature of documentary work—and art. Read More »


March 2019

Wordsworth: Plain and Simple

March 6
7:00 pm
Image of painting of William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth was a strange yet pathbreaking poet who resisted writing poems that preened in being poems. UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman discusses how someone so “plain” and “simple” became the most revolutionary, and probably most influential, poet of the past 250 years. Read More »


April 2019

Two Lives

April 3
7:00 pm
Image of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, discusses the intersection of fame and privacy as the spokesperson for one of the most famous families of the 20th century. Read More »


Lincoln Memorial Sculptor Daniel Chester French: The Making of an Icon

April 30
7:00 pm
Image of Minuteman statue

Biographer Harold Holzer tells the story of how Daniel Chester French became one of the great sculptors of the 19th century—sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, “The Minute Man” of Concord, Massachusetts, and the “Spirit of Life,” which was created for Brattleboro’s park, stolen, and recovered.  Read More »

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