Author Edward J. Renehan, Jr. will deliver a lecture entitled “John Burroughs and Walt Whitman: Their Days Together in the Hudson Valley” on Thursday, March 6, at 5:30pm in Rockefeller Hall, Room 200. His talk corresponds with the current Archives and Special Collections exhibit Walt Whitman and John Burroughs: Literary Comrades on display at Vassar’s Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library through June 2008.
Renehan is the author of John Burroughs: An American Naturalist (1992), as well as several other books, including The Secret Six (1995), The Lion’s Pride (1998), Dark Genius of Wall Street (2005), and Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (2007). Renehan’s writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, American Heritage, Veranda, and other publications.
Naturalist John Burroughs enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Vassar College, where he forged lasting bonds with faculty and students. As a result, the college developed a noteworthy collection on Burroughs, including his articles, correspondence, and journals. The Vassar Burroughs Collection documents both the professional work and personal life of Burroughs – and provides a window into his relationship with Walt Whitman. The two literary figures influenced each other’s work, and their connection is captured in letters, articles, books, photos, and various kinds of ephemera in the current exhibit.
For more information on the Walt Whitman and John Burroughs: Literary Comrades exhibit, please visit Vassar’s Archives and Special Collections.