A Spirited Defense of Epistolary Voyeurism, or The Merits of Reading Someone Else’s Mail – a discussion of the art of letter-writing, with a focus on selected women writers, by poet and author Emily Herring Wilson.
In this thoughtful and thought-provoking presentation, poet and author Emily Herring Wilson will discuss the art of letter-writing, with a focus on the letters of Elizabeth Lawrence, master garden writer and letter writer, as well as selected letters from other women writers, including Flannery O’Connor, Elizabeth Bishop, Virginia Woolf, and Anonymous.
What makes a good letter for the reader? For the writer? What do we learn from letters? What is concealed? How have letters changed since the advent of the typewriter, and even more so with the popularity of email?
Emily Herring Wilson is a community organizer, author, frequent humanities lecturer, and independent scholar. Among her books are: Hope and Dignity: Older Black Women of the South; North Carolina Women: Making History (with Margaret Supplee Smith); No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence; Two Gardeners: Katharine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence-A Friendship in Letters; and Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardener.
Wilson was awarded the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities by the North Carolina Humanities Council in 2007.
Sponsor: Haw River Historical Society and Museum.
This event has been made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit organization and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and support from the Ralph S. Robinson Family Foundation.