I’ll be reading from my recent book about literary NYC in the 1790s next week at the mid-Manhattan branch of the NYPL.
Date: Monday, October 15 Time: 6:30 PM
At the end of the eighteenth century, decades before Hawthorne and
Melville ushered in an “American Renaissance,” a group of young writers
in New York City
who called themselves the Friendly Club set about a similar task. As
founders of a literary magazine, a theater, and a medical journal,
publishing novels and teaching law and science at Columbia College,
members of this club laid the cornerstones for much to follow and aimed
to define the city’s intellectual culture. Many of them were famous in their own day. Why have they been largely forgotten?
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