This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the author Henry David Thoreau. The department of Special Collections and University Archives at UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries has teamed up with local bookman Richard Levy to mount an exhibit featuring first edition copies of all of Thoreau’s published books. This is a unique opportunity to be able to view these rare volumes in one setting.
By bringing all of Thoreau’s books together, the exhibit, Thoreau’s Reflections on New England: Nature, History, Place, strives to broaden our understanding of the author’s varied intellectual, artistic and political pursuits as well as delve into his intense and unwavering interest in the natural world.
Moreover, the exhibit offers the visitor some perspective on Thoreau’s exploration of and writing about New England. Countering the popular notion that Thoreau was a recluse, the exhibit reveals that Thoreau had frequent contact with New Englanders and their surroundings through his lectures, travels, work and writing projects. The exhibit located in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library will run through September 29, 2017.