Forgotten Chapters of Boston’s Literary History
March 28 - July 30, 2012
Between the Revolution and the Civil War, Boston was the preeminent center of literary creativity in the United States. Forgotten Chapters, an exhibition developed by Boston College faculty, students, and staff, explores stories about Boston’s literary history that have faded from memory. Drawing on the special collections of the Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, and American Antiquarian Society, the exhibition focuses on the work of authors and editors, takes a fresh look at poems published in early magazines, and walks the streets of Boston in the heyday of its literary achievement, 1794-1860. A complementary exhibition focusing on the first seasons of the Federal Street Theatre is on view at the Massachusetts Historical Society (1154 Boylston Street).