J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Re-Revisiting “Paul Revere’s Ride”

On Thursday, 20 March, at 7:00 P.M., Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury will host a talk by local scholar Charles Bahne titled “‘Paul Revere’s Ride’ Revisited.” I had the pleasure of hearing an earlier version of this talk last fall, as I wrote about here. Among Charlie’s discoveries are lines in Henry W. Longfellow’s early manuscript that the poet cut and never published, reflecting a different legend of the Battle of Lexington and Concord. As published in 1861, “Paul Revere’s Ride” has become a vitally important text in how the events of 19 Apr 1775 have been remembered and retold.

This talk is free and open to the public, with no reservations needed. It is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of its “Big Read” program and by the Poetry Foundation.

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