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Author Timothy Kenslea, May 7, 2006

The Sedgwicks in Love: Courtship, Engagement, and Marriage in the Early Republic

Sunday, May 7, 2006, 2:00 p.m., Community Room
Needham Free Public Library, 1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Needham resident Tim Kenslea has written an insightful look at the social mores in the 1810’s as reflected through the experiences of seven brothers and sisters in one prominent Massachusetts family.

The Sedgwicks in Love is a narrative exploration of all the things that were changing in the way men and women related to each other in the generation born just after the American Revolution. The seven Sedgwick brothers and sisters wrote everything down, and wrote it well, enabling Kenslea to tell the stories of their courtships and marriages in a nonfiction narrative that has continuing characters, a plot, and even occasional passages of dialogue—all quoted and cited from Sedgwick family papers archived at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston.

In a November feature article about the book, the Boston Globe said, “Kenslea’s nonfiction narrative account of the role of marriage choices in this brave new world is an American incursion into Jane Austen territory.”

Timothy Kenslea is currently on leave from his position as history teacher at Norwell High School, Norwell, Massachusetts to promote his book. He graduated from Yale University, earned master’s and doctoral degrees in history at Boston College, and edited high school and college textbooks for many years.

More information about the author and The Sedgwicks in Love is available at http://www.freewebs.com/timothykenslea/.

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