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Theodore Roosevelt: Letters to Liverpool and London - Katherine Joslin and...
Tue 19 April 2016, 15:00 – 17:00 BST
The School of the Arts Presents:
A talk delivered by Katherine Joslin and Tom Bailey.
Over the course of his long career as a writer, Theodore Roosevelt published 35 books, along with hundreds of editorials, book reviews, articles, and speeches. He once bragged that he had written over 150,000 letters. Among his correspondents were two uncles, James and Irvine Bulloch, exiled in Liverpool because they had masterminded Southern cotton sales during the Civil War that had kept the Confederacy afloat. Visiting his uncles in 1881, Roosevelt urged Uncle Jimmie to write a ‘secret service’ memoir and in exchange the ‘blessed old sea-captain’ schooled him in the intricacies of wind-powered ships, information he was to use in writing his first book, The Naval War of 1812 (1882).
British readers admired the book, so much so that London Times correspondent William Laird Clowes, editor of The Royal Navy, a History from the Earliest Times to the Present, invited Roosevelt to write volume six, “The Naval Operations of the War between Great Britain and the United States, 1812-1815.” British history, that is to say, was written by an American who would be President by the time the volume was published in 1903, and whose uncles had been traitors to the United States of America. Letters to Liverpool and London also reveal Roosevelt’s growing affinity for the British, the beginnings of what Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt would later call ‘a special relationship.’
“Letters to Liverpool and London” comes from a book project, “Theodore Roosevelt, A Life in Language,” that tells the story of the 26th President of the United States as a literary figure. Katherine Joslin is a Distinguished Professor of English at Western Michigan University. Among her books are Jane Addams, a Writer’s Life and Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion. Tom Bailey is Professor Emeritus of English and Environmental Studies. His writing has dealt with such artists as Robert Frost, John McPhee, Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry and Benjamin Franklin.
Please come and join us, all are welcome!
Wine and nibbles will be served.
Places are limited, so please do register early to avoid disappointment.
Date and Time
School of the Arts, 1st Floor Library - The University of Liverpool
19 Abercromby Square