Ellis to Speak about First Family

MHC’s Ford Foundation Professor of History and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joseph Ellis will read from his latest book, First Family: Abigail and John Adams, on Friday, October 29 at 7 pm in Hooker Auditorium. The book is being released on October 26.

According to Ellis’ publisher, Knopf, First Family brings John and Abigail Adams to life in an illuminating narrative that sweeps through the American Revolution and the Republic’s tenuous early years. America’s first couple left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: throughout their lives they exchanged more than 1,200 letters.

Ellis distills this unprecedented and unsurpassed record to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story. In this rich and striking new history, John and Abigail’s relationship unfolds in the context of America’s birth as a nation.

A professor at Mount Holyoke since 1972, Ellis is one of the nation’s foremost scholars of American history. He is the author of seven books, including best seller American Sphinx, which won the National Book Award (1997), and Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, which received the Pulitzer Prize in history (2000).

This event is sponsored by the Odyssey Bookshop and is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.