Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Hunnewell Building

Chronicling his lifelong obsession with discovering, assembling, and re-creating the lives of writers and scientists, Richard Holmes casts a new eye not only on the Romantic poets and lost women of Romantic science he has long studied, but on their biographers as well. He examines the evolution of the myths that have overshadowed certain lives and reveals how the manner in which each generation tells the stories of the lives that came before it shapes and is shaped be a contemporary understanding of human nature. Weaving in his own experience as a biographer, Holmes provides a spellbinding examination of the nature of biographical knowledge.

Fee Free. Members only. Registration required as seating is limited

Richard Holmes is an award-wining British author best-known for his biographical studies of major figures of British and French Romanticism. Recent books include Falling Upwards, How We Took to the Air: An Unconventional History of Ballooning, and The Age of Wonder, both winners of the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He was awarded the OBE in 1992, and is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the British Academy. His new book, This Long Pursuit, is a confessional chronicle and pilgrimage that takes him across three centuries, through much of Europe and into both his intellectual passions as well as the lively company of many earlier biographers. Central to his book is a powerful evocation of the lives of women—both scientific and literary.

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