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Author Talk at Jesup Library
September 12 @ 7:00 pm
Author June Vail will discuss her book “Passion of Perfection: Gertrude Hitz Burton’s Modern Victorian Life” on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library.
Gertrude’s “life’s work” is perfecting humankind, morally and socially. Confronting Gilded Age double standards, she advocates for sex education, marriage equality and “voluntary motherhood.” After she marries, Gertrude leaves Washington, D.C., to explore opportunities in Boston, Maine and Switzerland. But conflicting family duties and loyalties derail her ambitious crusade, and when an incurable illness ends her activist career, Gertrude must seek new meanings in her life and death.
For more information, call the library at 288-4245.