Writers on a New England Stage: David Blight

Nov 22, 2019

Acclaimed author David Blight will discuss his award-winning biography Frederick Douglass at the next installment of Writers on a New England Stage

Arguably, Douglass is considered the most important African American of the 19th century as a famed orator, writer and leading abolitionist during a turbulent period in American history. The biography traces his life from his beginnings as a slave to his later years as a widely traveled orator, activist and patriot. 

Blight is an author, professor and historian at Yale University. He’s the author or editor of a dozen books, and spent much of his professional life studying the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass. Critics hailed Blight’s book as a major achievement in scholarship around Frederick Douglass. The biography won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for History, and was cited as one of the best books of the year by leading national media including The New York Times Book ReviewThe Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe

NHPR's Peter Biello will be in conversation with David Blight on Thursday, January 16 at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. The literary conversation is part of Writers on a New England Stage, a partnership of The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio. For tickets, stop by The Music Hall box office (28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth), call 603-436-2400, or purchase online.