Civil War Writings will be discussed next Tuesday in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — "Writing the Civil War" will be presented by Rob Velella on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Pease Public Library.
Discover the dynamic relationship between America's Civil War and 19th century American literature, with an emphasis on writers from New England. Ultimately, the war transformed American writing. This illustrated talk presents works that both inspire action and reflect on war-time traumas. Several writers will be discussed, including Longfellow, Emerson, and Hawthorne.
Stories that may be discussed include; Louisa May Alcott's "Hospital Sketches" as an important text, Thomas Bailey Aldrich's "The Story of a Bad Boy." Frederick Douglass's autobiography, the Civil War poems of Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne's essay "Chiefly About War Matters" and Thoreau's "A Plea for Captain John Brown."
For those interested in reading these stories, Nathaniel Hawthorne's essay can be found on the Internet and the other stories can be downloaded for free from in the section, Additional eBooks Always Available.
Learn more about Rob Velella (BA, American Literature; MA, English & Publishing) through his blog, "The American Literary Blog," which can be found at
The program is free and open to the public.
The library is located at the end of the common in downtown Plymouth. For information call 536-2616 or visit