About the event

Join Kate Culkin as she discusses her joint biography of the two very different but very close daughters of Lidian Jackson and Ralph Waldo Emerson for the spring 2015 Women Writing Women's Lives Seminar Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progress lecture. Never married, Ellen (1839-1909) remained in the family home, Bush, in Concord, Massachusetts, until her death; Edith (1841-1929) married William Forbes in 1865, had eight children and a happy, chaotic home, with summers spent at Naushon Island. Their extensive correspondence details their daily lives, their evolving relationship, their experiences with, and as the daughters of, their famous father, and their attempts to preserve and shape his legacy after his death.

Cosponsored by the Leon Levy Center for Biography and CUNY Graduate Center's PhD Programs in History and English, MA Program in Liberal Studies, and the Center for the Study of Women and Society.